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Origins Available: English, Scottish

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

The ancestors of the name Barkley date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Barkley family lived in the parish of Berkeley in the county of Gloucestershire.


It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Barkley are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Barkley include: Barclay, Berkeley, Barcley, Berkely, Berkley and others.

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


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barkley 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 Barkley History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the Barkley 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.


Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Barkley or a variant listed above:

Barkley Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Edward Barkley, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Jane Barkley, who landed in Virginia in 1624
  • Gabriel Barkley, who landed in Maryland in 1656
  • Nicholas Barkley, who landed in Maryland in 1665
  • Robert Barkley, who landed in East New Jersey in 1682

Barkley Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Hugh Barkley, who landed in Virginia in 1776
  • Charles William Barkley, who landed in New York in 1795

Barkley Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Arthur Barkley, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • John Barkley, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876


  • Alben W Barkley (1877-1956), American Democratic politician, vice-president of US from 1949-1953
  • Private David Bennes Barkley (1899-1918), United States Army soldier who posthumously received the Medal of Honor
  • Charles Barkley (b. 1963), American basketball player
  • Russell Barkley, American doctor of clinical psychology and ADHD researcher
  • Sam Barkley (1858-1912), American Major League Baseball second baseman
  • Private First Class John Lewis Barkley (1895-1966), United States Army Medal of Honor recipient
  • Charles William Barkley (1759-1832), English ship's captain and fur trader, eponym of Barkley Sound, British Columbia
  • Alexander Barkley (1817-1893), New York politician


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