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Origins Available: English, Scottish
The ancestors of the name Barkley date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Barkley family lived in the parish of Berkeley in the county of Gloucestershire.
The surname Barkley was first found in Gloucestershire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Barkley are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Barkley include: Barclay, Berkeley, Barcley, Berkely, Berkley and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barkley 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 Barkley History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Barkley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Barkley 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.
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Barkley or a variant listed above:
Barkley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Edward Barkley, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
- Jane Barkley, who landed in Virginia in 1624
- Gabriel Barkley, who landed in Maryland in 1656
- Nicholas Barkley, who landed in Maryland in 1665
- Robert Barkley, who landed in East New Jersey in 1682
Barkley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Hugh Barkley, who landed in Virginia in 1776
- Charles William Barkley, who landed in New York in 1795
Barkley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Arthur Barkley, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
- John Barkley, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876
Barkley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. Christian Barkley U.E who settled in Canada c. 1783
- Mr. Everhart Barkley U.E who settled in Canada c. 1783
- Mr. Peter Barkley U.E who settled in Canada c. 1783
- Mr. William Barkley U.E who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783
Barkley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- William Barkley, aged 20, a baker, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Duke of Wellington"
- David Barkley arrived in Port Phillip aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1849
- Emma Barkley arrived in Port Phillip aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1849
- Robert Barkley arrived in Port Phillip aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1849
- Ellen Barkley arrived in Port Phillip aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1849
- Private First Class John Lewis Barkley (1895-1966), United States Army Medal of Honor recipient
- Sam Barkley (1858-1912), American Major League Baseball second baseman
- Russell Barkley, American doctor of clinical psychology and ADHD researcher
- Charles Barkley (b. 1963), American basketball player
- Benjamin F. Barkley, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Greene County, 1875
- B. Frank Barkley, American Republican politician, Chair of Hunterdon County Republican Party, 1913-14
- Alexander Barkley, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Washington County 1st District, 1865-66
- Alben William Barkley (1877-1956), American Democrat politician, McCracken County Prosecuting Attorney, 1906-09; County Judge in Kentucky, 1909-13; U.S. Representative from Kentucky 1st District, 1913-27
- Alben W. II Barkley, American Democrat politician, Kentucky commissioner of agriculture; Elected 1979
- Charles Barkley, American Democrat politician, Member of Maryland State House of Delegates District 39; Elected 1998; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 2000
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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The Barkley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Barkley 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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