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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. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  4. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  5. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  6. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  8. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
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