Although the surname is generally known as Scottish, the origins of the name come from when the ancestors of the family lived in the parish of Berkeley in the county of Gloucestershire
names such as Barkay were taken from the name of the place or landmark where the original bearer of the name lived or was born.
Early Origins of the Barkay family
The surname Barkay was first found in Gloucestershire
, where the earliest records of the name include Roger de Bercleia of Gloucestershire
in the Domesday Book
of 1086; as well as Edidius de Berkeleye and Maurice de Berkelay of Somerset
, both recorded in the Hundredorum Rolls
in 1273.The family held the parish of Berkeley long before the Norman Conquest
. However, when they refused to submit to King William, they were pressured into moving northward to Scotland
. There, they established a line close to the Scottish throne. One of the first records of the name was Theobald de Berkeley who was listed there temp.
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Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
During the late Middle Ages, the name was quite common in Fife and Aberdeenshire. The Barkays became the traditional sheriffs of Banffshire for many generations. Another line was established in Mathers during the end of the 12th century. In 1456, the chiefship went to the Barclays of Towie, and has since remained there.
Early History of the Barkay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barkay research.Another 75 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1165, 1598, 1668, 1950, 1476, 1552, 1582, 1621, 1610, 1686, 1648, 1690, 1682, 1690 and are included under the topic Early Barkay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Barkay Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Berkeley, Barkley, Barklay, Barckley, Barclay and many more.
Early Notables of the Barkay family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Dr Alexander Barclay (c.1476-1552), English/Scottish poet; John Barclay (1582-1621), Scottish satirist and neo-Latin poet; Colonel David Barclay (1610-1686), 1st Laird of Urie, Kincardineshire
, leader of a famed highland regiment that... Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Barkay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Barkay family to Ireland
Some of the Barkay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 49 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Barkay family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Jane Berkley who landed in Maryland in 1722; Anna, Barbara, Catherine, Christopher, Dorothea and Elizabeth Berkley who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1733 and 1851.
The Barkay Motto
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: Crux salutem confert
Motto Translation: The cross brings salvation
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- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.