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Origins Available: French, Scottish

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


Spelling variations of this family name include: Loch, Lock, Locke, Lochlair, Locklair and others.

First found in Peeblesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd nam Płballan), former county in South-central Scotland, in the present day Scottish Borders Council Area, where they held a family seat from early times. The family name first appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Locke research. Another 247 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1189, 1296, 1510, 1820, 1621, 1677, 1632 and 1704 are included under the topic Early Locke History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 79 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Locke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Locke Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Robart Locke, who landed in Virginia in 1621
  • Robert Locke, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • William Locke, who landed in America in 1634
  • Wm Locke, aged 6, arrived in America in 1634
  • John Locke, who arrived in New Hampshire in 1644

Locke Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Febee Locke, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • Peter Locke, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1739
  • Richard Locke, who arrived in Bermuda in 1743

Locke Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Lydia Locke, aged 7, landed in Kennebunk, Me in 1830
  • Jacob Locke, aged 29, arrived in Kennebunk, Me in 1830
  • Ann Locke, aged 37, landed in Kennebunk, Me in 1830
  • Esther Locke, aged 8, landed in Kennebunk, Me in 1830
  • James Locke, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1850


  • Sondra Locke (b. 1944), American actress, singer and film director
  • David Rose Locke (1833-1888), American journalist, who wrote the Nasby letters (1861) under the assumed persona of "the Reverend Petroleum Vesuvius Nasby"
  • Gary Locke (b. 1950), American lawyer and Democratic politician, who became the governor of Washington in 1997
  • Alain LeRoy Locke (1885-1954), American writer, philosopher, educator, and Rhodes Scholar
  • Bessie Locke (1865-1952), American pioneer
  • Eugene Murphy Locke (1918-1972), American lawyer and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Dr. Mahlon Locke (1880-1942), Canadian doctor, pioneer in the treatment of arthritis
  • Joseph Locke (1805-1860), English civil engineer
  • Matthew Raymond Locke MG (1974-2007), recipient of the Medal for Gallantry, awarded for bravery, the third highest award in the Australian honours system
  • William John Locke (1863-1930), English novelist



  • Genealogy by Donald P. Hayes.

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: Assiduitate, non desdia
Motto Translation: By assiduity, not by sloth.


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The Locke Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Locke 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 19 February 2014 at 14:52.

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