Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Boughellay is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in any of the places named Buckley, or Buckleigh, in England
. Boughellay 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 Boughellay family
The surname Boughellay 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 Boughellay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boughellay 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 Boughellay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Boughellay Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Boughellay has been spelled many different ways, including Buckley, Bucklie, Buckly, Bulkely, Bulkley, Bulkelly, Boukley, Bulkaly, Bulkly, Bulklay and many more.
Early Notables of the Boughellay 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 Boughellay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Boughellay family to Ireland
Some of the Boughellay 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 Boughellay family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Boughellays to arrive in 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 Boughellay 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.