The origins of the Boklay name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived in any of the places named Buckley, or Buckleigh, in England
. Boklay 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 Boklay family
The surname Boklay 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 Boklay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boklay 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 Boklay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Boklay 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 Boklay were recorded, including Buckley, Bucklie, Buckly, Bulkely, Bulkley, Bulkelly, Boukley, Bulkaly, Bulkly, Bulklay and many more.
Early Notables of the Boklay 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 Boklay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Boklay family to Ireland
Some of the Boklay 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 Boklay 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 Boklay family emigrate to North America: 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 Boklay 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.