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

The roots of the Anglo-Saxon name Ackley come from when the family resided in a clearing surrounded by oak trees. The surname Ackley literally means oak-meadow. [1] The surname Ackley is associated with the village of Acle in Norfolk, and the village of Akeley in Buckinghamshire.

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Ackley has been recorded under many different variations, including Ackley, Acley, Acle, Ackle, Aclie, Acklie, Acly and others.

First found in Norfolk or Buckinghamshire. Of the two locations, Akeley (Akely) in Buckinghamshire seems to be the strongest place of origin for the surname. Located "in the union, hundred, and county of Buckingham, 2 miles (N. by E.) from the town of Buckingham," [2] Akeley has remained small over the years as by the late 1800s, it only had a population of 362. [2] However, the parish dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was first listed as Achelei. [3]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ackley research. Another 589 words(42 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1273, 1500, 1610 and 1769 are included under the topic Early Ackley History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Ackley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Ackley or a variant listed above:

Ackley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Nicholas Ackley sailed to Connecticut in 1655
  • Nicholas Ackley, who arrived in Connecticut in 1655
  • William Ackley landed in Virginia in 1664
  • Wm Ackley, who landed in Virginia in 1664

Ackley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Mr. Ackley, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

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  • Stephen F. Ackley, American sea sea ice specialist at McMurdo Sound (1976-1977), eponym of Ackley Point, Antarctica
  • Bentley DeForest Ackley (1872-1958), American musician and gospel composer
  • Florian Frederick "Fritz" Ackley (1937-2002), American Major League Baseball pitcher for the Chicago White Sox
  • Parker Otto "P.O." Ackley (1903-1989), American gunsmith, author, columnist who developed the Ackley Improved family of wildcat cartridges
  • Brian Ackley (b. 1986), American soccer player
  • Dustin Michael Ackley (b. 1988), American Major League Baseball second baseman with the Seattle Mariners
  • Gardner Ackley (1915-1998), American educator and diplomat, Fulbright Scholar, Ford Foundation Fellowship recipient, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1968)


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  • The Eckler-Ackler-Ackley Family by Ross A. Eckler.
  • Dewitt Clinton Ackley, Clarissa Woodworth Ackley: Their Ancestors and Descendants by Buel Clifford Ackley.
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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  7. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  8. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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The Ackley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ackley 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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