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Barkly History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Origins Available: English, Scottish

The origins of the Barkly name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in the parish of Berkeley in the county of Gloucestershire.

Early Origins of the Barkly family

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

Early History of the Barkly family

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Barkly Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Barkly were recorded, including Barclay, Berkeley, Barcley, Berkely, Berkley and others.

Early Notables of the Barkly family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Barkly family to Ireland

Some of the Barkly family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Barkly family to the New World and Oceana

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Barkly family emigrate to North America: 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 Barkly 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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