Lockman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Lockman comes from when its first bearer worked as a person who was a locksmith. [1] 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.

"It is interesting to notice that while Lockyer has predominated over Locksmith in our personal nomenclature, yet locksmith has nearly ousted lockyer as an occupative term." [2]

Early Origins of the Lockman family

The surname Lockman was first found in Somerset, where Kirby's Quest listed some of the first entries for the family: Nicholas le Lokyere; and Lucas le Lokier as both residing there, 1 Edward III (during the first year of Edward III's reign.) [3] And this tradition continued through the years as the Register of the University of Oxford lists William Lokier from Somerset in 1604. [2]

London had early records for the family too as the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Henry le Lockier there at that time. [4]

Important Dates for the Lockman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lockman research. Another 65 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1294, 1698, 1771, 1611 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Lockman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lockman Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Lockman include Lockyer, Lockyers, Lockier, Lokier, Locker, Lockweer and many more.

Early Notables of the Lockman family (pre 1700)

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Lockman migration to the United States

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Lockman or a variant listed above:

Lockman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Ann Lockman, who landed in Maryland in 1671 [5]
Lockman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Lockman, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [5]
  • Jane Lockman, aged 65, who arrived in America, in 1896
Lockman Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Annie Lockman, aged 26, who arrived in America from Donegal, in 1903
  • Myron A. Lockman, aged 42, who arrived in America, in 1904
  • William Lockman, aged 44, who arrived in Paterson, New Jersey, in 1904
  • Helen V. W. Lockman, aged 40, who arrived in America, in 1904
  • Fred Lockman, aged 29, who arrived in America, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Lockman migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lockman Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Leonard Lockman, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Leonard Lockman, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757

Contemporary Notables of the name Lockman (post 1700)

  • Mark Thomas Lockman (1952-1989), American journalist, son of Vic Lockman
  • Vic Lockman (b. 1927), Christian American cartoonist and comic strip writer, best known for his trips for The Walt Disney Company in 1960
  • Felix Lockman, American astronomer who discovered the Lockman Hole, an area of the sky in which minimal amounts of neutral hydrogen gas are observed
  • F. Dewey Lockman (1898-1974), American Christian philanthropist who founded The Lockman Foundation in 1942 with his wife Minna Lockman
  • Carroll Walter "Whitey" Lockman (1926-2009), American player, coach, manager and front office executive in American Major League Baseball
  • Michael Lockman (b. 1963), former Australian rules footballer who played from 1983 to 1988


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  4. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  5. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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