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The English surname Lumley is of local origin, being of that category of surnames derived from the place where the original bearer once lived or held land. In this instance, the name simply denotes one who is a "native of Lumley", a topanym or placename which may be translated as "deep pool by the wood". There is a town of this name in County Durham, Northern England and the first bearers of this name undoubtedly dwelt in this area. In ancient times, before the advent of the structured surname system, it was common practice to use a man's place of abode as a convenient means of identification.

References to this name in written records may be found as early as the thirteenth century. In 1235, one William de Lumeley is noted in the "Assiae Rolls" for Durham and in 1348, a Marmaduke de Lumley is mentioned in the "Feet of Fines" for Yorkshire.

There is no record of the arrival of the first of this name in America; however, it is documented that Thomas and Ruth Lumley, along with their children Diana and John, took passage on the "Albian" bound for Fort Cumberland, North America in 1774, "on account of the rent being raised by Mr. Knowsley, his landlord."





BLAZON OF ARMS: Argent a fesse gules between three parrots vert, collared of the second.
Translation: The fesse symbolizes the Military Belt or Girdle of Honour worn in ancient times. The parrot signifies Eloquence and Wit.

CRESE: A pelican in her piety proper.
Translation: The pelican is an emblem of Devoted, Self-Sacrificing Charity.

MOTTO: Murus aeneus conscienta sana.
Translation: A sound conscience is a wall of brass.


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