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Barcley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: English, Scottish


The roots of the Anglo-Saxon name Barcley come from when the family resided in the parish of Berkeley in the county of Gloucestershire.

Early Origins of the Barcley family


The surname Barcley was first found in Gloucestershire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Barcley family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barcley research.
Another 320 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1306, 1400, 1475, 1509, 1552, 1598, 1648, and 1690 are included under the topic Early Barcley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Barcley Spelling Variations


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. Barcley has been recorded under many different variations, including Barclay, Berkeley, Barcley, Berkely, Berkley and others.

Early Notables of the Barcley family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Barcley family to Ireland


Some of the Barcley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 143 words (10 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 Barcley family to the New World and Oceana


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 Barcley or a variant listed above:

Barcley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John and William Barcley who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766
  • John and William Barcley, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1766

Barcley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George and James Barcley, who settled in Philadelphia in 1837 and 1844 respectively

The Barcley 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: In cruce spero
Motto Translation: I trust in the cross.


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