Lockyer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Lockyer name was originally an Anglo-Saxon name that was given to 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 Lockyer family

The surname Lockyer 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 Lockyer family

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

Lockyer Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Lockyer has undergone many spelling variations, including Lockyer, Lockyers, Lockier, Lokier, Locker, Lockweer and many more.

Early Notables of the Lockyer family (pre 1700)

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Lockyer migration to the United States

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Lockyer were among those contributors:

Lockyer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Lockyer, who settled in Virginia in 1663
Lockyer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Lockyer, who arrived in Rhode Island in 1701 [5]
  • Jacob and Barbara Lockyer, who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1766

Lockyer migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Lockyer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • T.A. Lockyer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839 [6]
  • Henry Lockyer, who arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839 [7]
  • Caroline Lockyer, who arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839 [7]
  • Clementina Lockyer, who arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839 [7]
  • George Robert Lockyer, who arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Lockyer migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Lockyer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Lockyer, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Timothy Lockyer, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842
  • Thomas Lockyer, aged 39, a carpenter, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Elizabeth Lockyer, aged 39, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • William Lockyer, aged 19, a carpenter, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Lockyer (post 1700)

  • William Westwood "Bill" Lockyer (b. 1941), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008; Member of California State Senate [8]
  • Malcolm Lockyer (1923-1976), American film composer and conductor
  • Roger Lockyer (1928-2017), English historian, professor, writer and reader in history at Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Darren Lockyer (b. 1977), Australian rugby league footballer
  • Sir Joseph Norman Lockyer FRS (1836-1920), British astronomer who discovered element helium, and founded "Nature" magazine
  • Edmund Lockyer (1784-1860), British soldier and explorer of Australia, eponym of Lockyer Creek and Lockyer Valley, Queensland
  • Major General Sir William Lockyer Merewether KCSI CB (1825-1880), British Indian Army officer

Historic Events for the Lockyer family

HMS Royal Oak
  • George L.J. Lockyer, British Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [9]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Edward Thomas Lockyer (d. 1912), aged 21, English Third Class passenger from Sandhurst, Kent who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett [10]

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Citations

  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)
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BUCKINGHAMSHIRE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Buckinghamshire.htm
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THE DUCHESS OF NORTHUMBERLAND - 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839DuchessOfNorthumberland.htm
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  10. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
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