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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Plumley, Plumbley, Plumbleigh, Plomley, Plombley and many more.

First found in Cheshire (now Cheshire East) at Plumley, a village and civil parish that dates back to 1119 when it was listed as Plumleia and literally meant "plum-tree wood or clearing," from the Old English words "plume" + "leah." [1] As far as the surname is concerned, it was first referenced in the year 1235 when Alexander Plomley held estates in Derbyshire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Plumley research. Another 377 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1642, 1510, 1600, 1080, 1275, 1455, 1487 and 1633 are included under the topic Early Plumley History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Plumley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Charles Plumley, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682

Plumley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Emily Plumley, aged 27, who landed in America, in 1894
  • Miss Plumley, aged 33, who emigrated to the United States from London, in 1895
  • Mrs. W. M. Plumley, aged 39, who landed in America, in 1897
  • S. Plumley, aged 16, who landed in America, in 1897

Plumley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Raymond L. Plumley, aged 60, who emigrated to America, in 1905
  • E. Louise Plumley, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Gilbert Plumley, aged 20, who settled in America from Shepson Mallet, England, in 1910
  • Ellice Plumley, aged 23, who settled in America from London, England, in 1912
  • Franklin Plumley, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States, in 1919


Plumley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Edward Plumley arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoenix" in 1860
  • J. R. Plumley arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoenix" in 1860
  • Edwin A. Plumley arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1863
  • Julia Plumley arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1863
  • Emily J. Plumley arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1863


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  • Frank Plumley (b. 1844), Republican politician from Vermont
  • Charles Albert Plumley (1875-1964), Republican U.S. Representative from Vermont
  • Basil L Plumley (b. 1920), American Sergeant-Major of the US Army's 7th Cavalry Regiment
  • Gary Plumley (b. 1956), English former professional footballer


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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  6. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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