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

The Anglo-Saxon name Buckle comes from the family having resided in the region of Buckley which was a parish in St. Albans in County Hertfordshire.


Buckle has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Buckell, Buckle, Bouckle, Buckles, Buckhill and others.

First found in Suffolk and Sussex where they held a family seat, some say, well before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Buckle research. Another 438 words(31 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1400, 1533, 1679, 1684, and 1713 are included under the topic Early Buckle History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Buckle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Buckles to arrive on North American shores:

Buckle Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Buckle who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Henry Buckle, aged 30, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Samuel Buckle, who landed in Maryland in 1673
  • Alexander Buckle settled in Barbados in 1679

Buckle Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Susanna Elis Buckle, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Susanna Elisabetha Buckle, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Adam Buckle, who arrived in America in 1751
  • Adam Buckle settled in Pennsylvania in 1751 with his wife and children
  • Johann Adam Buckle, who landed in Reading, Pennsylvania in 1751

Buckle Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Buckle, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1852


  • Henry Thomas Buckle (1821-1862), English historian, author of a "History of Civilization"
  • George Earle Buckle (1854-1935), English journalist
  • Francis Buckle (1766-1832), English jockey
  • Christopher Richard Sandford Buckle (1916-2001), British writer, author, and critic
  • Andrew Nicholas Buckle (b. 1982), Australian professional golfer
  • Denys Herbert Vintcent Buckle (1902-1994), British Army Major General


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: Nil temere
Motto Translation: Nothing rashly.


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

This page was last modified on 31 March 2013 at 13:19.

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