The Brindley surname is heavily associated with the county of Staffordshire, as are our Brindley family. The furthest back the Brindley family have been traced is to about 1774 with the birth of Thomas Brindley in the county of Staffordshire. Thomas married Zilpah Manifold and was living in Bradley, Staffordshire at the time of his son, Francis Brindley’s birth in 1808.

By 1844 the Brindleys were established in Stoke upon Trent, where most of the Brindley family lived for several generations before leaving the county. By the First World War, a little less than half the Brindley descendants had left the county of Staffordshire and by the end of the Second World War, even more had moved away to London, Essex, Kent and Wales.

The Brindley side still needs plenty of research, as there many unanswered questions. Brindley is one of the most common surnames in Stoke upon Trent and the county of Staffordshire, which makes research more difficult and time consuming. (updated July 2015)

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Surname meaning:

English (chiefly Cheshire, Staffordshire, and southern Lancashire): habitational name from a place in Cheshire named Brindley, from Old English berned ‘burnt’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’.
[Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press]


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