In ancient Anglo-Saxon England
, the ancestors of the Bohellay surname lived in any of the places named Buckley, or Buckleigh, in England
. Bohellay is a local
surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames
. The name may derive from the Old English "bok lee," meaning meadow, or field. The likely meaning of the name was "clearing in a beech wood" (with boc meaning beech tree and ley meaning wood, glade or clearing). The name could also have been construed from "bucc" meaning a buck or deer; or from the Welsh
"bwlch y clai," meaning clay hole.
Early Origins of the Bohellay family
The surname Bohellay was first found in Cheshire
where Buckley was an Anglo-Saxon local
, with some of its houses later recorded in the Domesday Book
. The first documented evidence of its existence dates from 1294 when it was described as the pasturage of the Manor of Ewloe, spelled as "Bokkeley". Alternatively, the original spelling of the name was Bulclough, meaning "large mountains," and related specifically to a chain of mountains in central Cheshire
. Whichever derivation, you choose, all point to Cheshire.
Early History of the Bohellay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bohellay research.Another 398 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1524, 1572, 1547, 1571, 1593, 1584, 1593, 1583, 1659, 1635, 1641 and 1698 are included under the topic Early Bohellay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bohellay Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Bohellay 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 Bohellay include: Buckley, Bucklie, Buckly, Bulkely, Bulkley, Bulkelly, Boukley, Bulkaly, Bulkly, Bulklay and many more.
Early Notables of the Bohellay family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir Richard Bulkeley (1524-1572), of Beaumaris, Anglesey
and Lincoln's Inn, London, Member of Parliament for Angelsey (1547-1571); and his son, Thomas Bulkeley, (d.1593), Member of Parliament for Beaumaris (1584-1593); Peter... Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bohellay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bohellay family to Ireland
Some of the Bohellay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 163 words (12 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 Bohellay family to the New World and Oceana
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 Bohellay or a variant listed above: Daniel Buckley settled in New England
in 1635; Humphrey Buckley settled in Virginia in 1635; Luce Buckley settled in Barbados in 1660; John Buckley settled in Pennsylvania in 1682.
The Bohellay 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: Nec temere nec timide
Motto Translation: Neither rashly nor timidly.