Windley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Windley family

The surname Windley was first found in Shropshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire. Windley is a small village in Derbyshire just north of Derby.

Early History of the Windley family

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Windley Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Withipoole, Withipool, Wythipool, Wythipool, Withpool, Wittpool, Withypole, Withpole and many more.

Early Notables of the Windley family (pre 1700)

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Windley Ranking

In the United States, the name Windley is the 11,124th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]


United States Windley migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Windley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Hannah Windley, aged 52, who landed in America from Perth, in 1904
  • Samuel Windley, aged 54, who immigrated to the United States from Old Attendtin, Engalnd, in 1906
  • William Windley, aged 27, who settled in America, in 1912
  • Albert A.E. Windley, aged 23, who landed in America, in 1919
  • Frederick Arthur Windley, aged 20, who settled in America, in 1920

Australia Windley migration to Australia +

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

Windley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Windley, British Convict who was convicted in Essex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Coromandel" on 27th October 1819, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Windley (post 1700) +

  • Callum Windley (b. 1991), English professional rugby league player
  • Jade Windley (b. 1990), British tennis player from Lincolnshire, ranked 159 (7 April 2014)
  • Carol Ann Windley (b. 1947), Canadian short story writer and novelist; she was shortlisted for the 2006 Scotiabank Giller Prize and nominated for the 1993 Governor General's Award
  • William "Bill" Windley (1868-1953), Australian rules footballer who played for South Melbourne (1897-1905)


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th March 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/coromandel


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