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Barkle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: English, Scottish


The Anglo-Saxon name Barkle comes from the family having resided in the parish of Berkeley in the county of Gloucestershire.

Early Origins of the Barkle family


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

Early History of the Barkle family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barkle 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 Barkle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Barkle Spelling Variations


Barkle has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Barclay, Berkeley, Barcley, Berkely, Berkley and others.

Early Notables of the Barkle family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Barkle family to Ireland


Some of the Barkle 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 Barkle family to the New World and Oceana


In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Barkles to arrive on North American shores: 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 Barkle 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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