The name Backly belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons
. It is a product of their having lived in any of the places named Buckley, or Buckleigh, in England
. Backly is a local
surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames
. The name may derive from the Old English "bok lee," meaning meadow, or field. The likely meaning of the name was "clearing in a beech wood" (with boc meaning beech tree and ley meaning wood, glade or clearing). The name could also have been construed from "bucc" meaning a buck or deer; or from the Welsh
"bwlch y clai," meaning clay hole.
Early Origins of the Backly family
The surname Backly was first found in Cheshire
where Buckley was an Anglo-Saxon local
, with some of its houses later recorded in the Domesday Book
. The first documented evidence of its existence dates from 1294 when it was described as the pasturage of the Manor of Ewloe, spelled as "Bokkeley". Alternatively, the original spelling of the name was Bulclough, meaning "large mountains," and related specifically to a chain of mountains in central Cheshire
. Whichever derivation, you choose, all point to Cheshire.
Early History of the Backly family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Backly research.Another 398 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1524, 1572, 1547, 1571, 1593, 1584, 1593, 1583, 1659, 1635, 1641 and 1698 are included under the topic Early Backly History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Backly Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Backly include Buckley, Bucklie, Buckly, Bulkely, Bulkley, Bulkelly, Boukley, Bulkaly, Bulkly, Bulklay and many more.
Early Notables of the Backly family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir Richard Bulkeley (1524-1572), of Beaumaris, Anglesey
and Lincoln's Inn, London, Member of Parliament for Angelsey (1547-1571); and his son, Thomas Bulkeley, (d.1593), Member of Parliament for Beaumaris (1584-1593); Peter... Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Backly Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Backly family to Ireland
Some of the Backly family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 163 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Backly family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Backly were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Daniel Buckley settled in New England
in 1635; Humphrey Buckley settled in Virginia in 1635; Luce Buckley settled in Barbados in 1660; John Buckley settled in Pennsylvania in 1682.
The Backly Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Nec temere nec timide
Motto Translation: Neither rashly nor timidly.