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The surname Penley was first found in Cambridgeshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1279 when William Penley held lands.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Penley, Penleigh, Penlegh, Penly, Penlie, Penlay and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Penley research. Another 262 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Penley History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Penley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • William Penley, who landed in Maryland in 1637-1640
  • John Penley, who arrived in Virginia in 1698

Penley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • John Penley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1838

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  5. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  8. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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The Penley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Penley Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 25 February 2014 at 16:00.

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