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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

Origins Available: English, Scottish

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

The Barkie name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in the parish of Berkeley in the county of Gloucestershire.

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Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Barkie has undergone many spelling variations, including Barclay, Berkeley, Barcley, Berkely, Berkley and others.

First found in Gloucestershire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barkie research. Another 320 words(23 lines of text) covering the years 1306, 1400, 1475, 1509, 1552, 1598, 1648, and 1690 are included under the topic Early Barkie History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 34 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Barkie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Barkie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 143 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Barkie were among those contributors: Thomas Barclay who settled in Maryland in 1750; Alex Barclay settled in Norfolk, Virginia in 1822; Benjamin, George, Henry, James, Moses, Thomas and William Barclay, all settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1837 and 1864.

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: In cruce spero
Motto Translation: I trust in the cross.

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