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

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Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Ackerley have been found, including Ackerly, Ackerley, Acerly, Akerley, Akeley, Acle, Ackle, Acley, Acly and many more.

First found in Buckinghamshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ackerley research. Another 490 words(35 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1273, 1300, 1500, 1610, and 1769 are included under the topic Early Ackerley History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 20 words(1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ackerley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Ackerley, or a variant listed above:

Ackerley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Capt. Ackerley, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

Ackerley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Lawrence Ackerley, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila

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  • Joseph Randolf Ackerley (1896-1967), English author
  • Alvin Ackerley, English rugby league footballer
  • George Ackerley, English footballer
  • Paul Douglas Ackerley (b. 1949), former New Zealand field hockey player


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  7. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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The Ackerley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ackerley 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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