Penley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Penley family

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.

Early History of the Penley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Penley research. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Penley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Penley Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Penley family (pre 1700)

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United States Penley migration to the United States +

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 [1]
  • John Penley, who arrived in Virginia in 1698 [1]

Australia Penley migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Penley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Penley, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1838 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Penley (post 1700) +

  • Howard E. Penley, American organizer and official of the Socialist Party of America who was forcably inducted into the U.S. Armed Forces in the Second World War
  • Aaron Edwin Penley (1806-1870), English watercolour-painter, contributor to the Royal Academy exhibition in 1835
  • William Sydney "W.S." Penley (1851-1912), English actor, singer and comedian, known for her roles in Gilbert and Sullivan's Trial by Jury and the farce The Private Secretary
  • Sir Edward Penley Abraham (1913-1999), English biochemist
  • G. Penley Deyton, American Democrat politician, Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives from Yancey County, 1915-16 [3]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LLOYDS from London 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Lloyds.htm
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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