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Where did the English Penley family come from? What is the English Penley family crest and coat of arms? When did the Penley family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Penley family history?


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

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.


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.


More information is included under the topic Early Penley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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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  6. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  8. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. 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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