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About the study

The purpose of my study is to collect and share information about the Langleys of Northamptonshire, England and adjacent counties.

Langley is a fairly common surname, and we know from DNA testing that there are at least 13 genetically different Langley families. For that reason I have chosen to focus on my own family - the Langleys of Northamptonshire.

However, over the years I have collected information about Langleys from around the world and I correspond regularly with Langleys from other families. So if you have questions about Langley, please let me know and I will do my best to help.

Variant names

I am also interested in variants of Langley, such as Langly, Langely and Langlie,

Name origin

The Dictionary of American Family Names (Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4) lists the following three potential sources for the LANGLEY surname:

  1. Habitational name from any of the numerous places named with Old English lang '€˜long'€™ + leah '€˜wood'€™, '€˜glade'€™; or a topographic name with the same meaning.
  2. English: from the Old Norse female personal name Langlí­f, composed of the elements lang '€˜long'€™ + lí­f '€˜life'€™.
  3. Americanised spelling of French Langlais

Historical occurrences of the name

A famous medieval Langley is Thomas Langley (1363-1437), Chancellor to several Lancastrian kings and Bishop of Durham. A biography of him by Ian Sharman is worth reading (ISBN 0-953-7657-0-9).

More recently, Samuel Pierpont Langley (1834-1906) was the third Secretary of the Smithsonian Institute and a pioneer of manned flight.


I have much information, particularly about the Langleys of Northamptonshire and adjacent counties.


The Langley Surname DNA Project has its own site at