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

The present generation of the Singley family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in the village of Singleton found in the counties of Lancashire and Sussex. The surname Singley is a habitation surname which was originally derived from pre-exiting names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. The literal meaning of the surname Singley is farm in the burnt clearing from the Old English word sengel.


Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Singley include Singleton, Singleturn, Shingleton and others.

First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very early times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Singley research. Another 151 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1677, 1640, 1618 and 1637 are included under the topic Early Singley History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 63 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Singley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Singley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 155 words(11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Singley were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Singley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Machael Singley, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Margaret Singley, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Rosins Singley, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1806


  • Alan Singley, American lead vocalist of the Alan Singley and Pants Machine, an Indie rock band


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The Singley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Singley 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 23 November 2014 at 00:57.

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