Origins Available: English
The ancient roots of the Barkay family name are in the Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name Barkay comes from when the family lived in the parish of Berkeley
in the county of Gloucestershire.
Early Origins of the Barkay family
The surname Barkay was first found in Gloucestershire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Barkay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barkay 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 Barkay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Barkay Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Barkay has appeared include Barclay, Berkeley, Barcley, Berkely, Berkley and others.
Early Notables of the Barkay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Barkay family to Ireland
Some of the Barkay 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 Barkay family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Barkay arrived in North America very early: Thomas Barclay who settled in Maryland in 1750; Alex Barclay settled in Norfolk
, Virginia in 1822; Benjamin, George, Henry, James, Moses, Thomas and William Barclay, all settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1837 and 1864.
The Barkay 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.