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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. The surname Ackley is associated with the village of Acle in Norfolk, and the village of Akeley in Buckinghamshire.


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, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ackley research. Another 479 words(34 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.


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


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


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


  • 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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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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