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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Tinsley, Tinslie, Tinslay, Townsley, Tinsleigh, Tinsly, Townsleigh, Townslie, Townslay, Tounslie, Tounsleigh, Tounsly, Tounsley, Taunslie, Taunsley, Taunsleigh, Taunsly and many more.

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat anciently.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Townsley research. Another 255 words(18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Townsley History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Townsley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Townsley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 116 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Townsley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Emily Townsley, aged 29, who landed in America, in 1896
  • Henry P. Townsley, aged 51, who landed in America, in 1896

Townsley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • H. P. Townsley, aged 56, who emigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Robert Townsley, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States from Belfast, Ireland, in 1908
  • Thomas Townsley, aged 41, who landed in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1909
  • Mary Townsley, aged 20, who landed in America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1909
  • Ely Townsley, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1909


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  • Kevin Townsley, American writer, known for his work on Lie to Me (2009), The Shield (2002) and The Chicago Code (2011)
  • Graham Townsley, American award winning producer and director, known for Treasure Seekers: Quest for the Grail (2001), Dawn of the Maya (2003) and Treasure Seekers: Empires of India
  • William D. "Bill" Townsley Jr., American actor, known for Dragon Ball Z: Sagas (2005), Dragonball Z: Budokai tenkaichi 3 (2007) and Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 (2006)
  • Clarence Page Townsley (1855-1926), Superintendent of the United States Military Academy from 1912 to 1916
  • Georgina Townsley (b. 1979), English actress, known for Diameter of the Bomb (2005), Ochberg's Orphans (2008) and Chinese Wall
  • James Townsley (1774-1833), English Wesleyan minister and author
  • Richard Andrew John Townsley (b. 1952), English first-class cricketer
  • Derek Townsley (b. 1973), English former professional footballer
  • Teresa Townsley, Canadian New Democratic Party candidate in the 2008 Canadian federal election
  • Thomas "Tom" Townsley (1898-1976), Scottish footballer, who played for Falkirk, Leeds United and Scotland

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The Townsley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Townsley 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.

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