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

The ancient name of Locklear finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from a name for a person who was a locksmith. Occupational names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. Occupational names have remained fairly common in the modern period. This is attested to by the continuing appearance of occupational suffixes at the end of many English surnames. Some of these suffixes include: herd, monger, maker, hewer, smith, and wright.

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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 Locklear family name include Lockyer, Lockyers, Lockier, Lokier, Locker, Lockweer and many more.

First found in Warwickshire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Locklear research. Another 129 words(9 lines of text) covering the years 1294, 1698, 1771, 1611 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Locklear History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 57 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Locklear Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, 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 Locklear surname or a spelling variation of the name include : George Lockyear, who settled in Virginia in 1663; Thomas Lockyer, who came to Virginia in 1663; and Jacob and Barbara Lockyer, who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1766..

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  • Heather Deen Locklear (b. 1961), American six-time Golden Globe nominated actress best known for her television roles as Sammy Jo Carrington on Dynasty, Officer Stacy Sheridan on T.J. Hooker and more
  • Ormer Leslie "Lock" Locklear (1891-1920), American daredevil stunt flyer and actor during and immediately after World War I, killed after an aerial maneuver while filming Locklear's second movie, The Skywayman
  • Gene Locklear (b. 1949), American former Major League Baseball outfielder who played from 1973 through 1977
  • Sean Hilary Locklear (b. 1981), American football offensive tackle in the National Football League
  • Vice Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III (b. 1954), American Director, Commander, U.S. Pacific Command
  • Lexus Locklear (b. 1976), born Brandi Janeen Sommerville, American actress who has appeared in 30 titles


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