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Where did the English Barklay family come from? What is the English Barklay family crest and coat of arms? When did the Barklay family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Barklay family history?Barklay is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Barklay family once lived in the parish of Berkeley in the county of Gloucestershire.
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Barklay family name include Barclay, Berkeley, Barcley, Berkely, Berkley and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barklay 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 Barklay History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 34 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Barklay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Barklay 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.
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Barklay surname or a spelling variation of the name include: 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.
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.
The Barklay Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Barklay 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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