Plumley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Plumley family

The surname Plumley was 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.

Early History of the Plumley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Plumley research. Another 189 words (14 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 and printed products wherever possible.

Plumley Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Plumley family (pre 1700)

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Plumley Ranking

In the United States, the name Plumley is the 6,298th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [2]


United States Plumley migration to the United States +

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 [3]
Plumley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Emily Plumley, aged 27, who landed in America, in 1894
  • Miss Plumley, aged 33, who immigrated 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 immigrated 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 immigrated to the United States, in 1919
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Australia Plumley migration to Australia +

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

Plumley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Plumley, British Convict who was convicted in Southampton, Hampshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Coromandel" on 27th October 1819, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [4]
  • Mr. Charles Plumley, English convict who was convicted in Southampton, Hampshire, England for 15 years, transported aboard the "Equestrian" on 30th June 1845, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Island) [5]

New Zealand Plumley migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Plumley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Edward Plumley, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoenix" in 1860
  • J. R. Plumley, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoenix" in 1860
  • Mr. Edwin A. Plumley, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Gertrude" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 9th February 1863 [6]
  • Mrs. Julia Plumley, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Gertrude" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 9th February 1863 [6]
  • Miss Emily J. Plumley, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Gertrude" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 9th February 1863 [6]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Plumley (post 1700) +

  • 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
  • Ms. Vanessa Jasmin Kathleen Plumley M.B.E., British Squadron Leader, recipient of Member of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018 [7]
  • Major-General Francis Plumley Derham (1885-1957), Australian General Officer Commanding 1st Australian Division from 1942 to 1943 [8]

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Reginald A H Plumley (b. 1905), English Warrant Engineer serving for the Royal Navy from Newport, Isle of Wight, England, who sailed into battle and died in the HMS Hood sinking [9]


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th March 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/coromandel
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 9th May 2022). https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/equestrian
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
  8. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, August 30) Francis Derham. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Derham/Francis_Plumley/Australia.html
  9. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm


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