Show ContentsBuckle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Buckle comes from the family having resided in the region of Buckley which was a parish in St. Albans in County Hertfordshire, but one source claims the name came from Bulkeley (bullock pasture), in Cheshire. 1

Early Origins of the Buckle family

The surname Buckle was first found in Suffolk and Sussex. The first records of this name include John Buckle who held estates in Sussex, and Wymark Buckle held estates in Suffolk, in 1327. 2

Early History of the Buckle family

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Buckle Spelling Variations

Buckle has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Buckell, Buckle, Bouckle, Buckles, Buckhill and others.

Early Notables of the Buckle family

Distinguished members of the family include

  • Sir Christopher Buckle

Buckle Ranking

In the United States, the name Buckle is the 17,857th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 3 However, in Newfoundland, Canada, the name Buckle is ranked the 651st most popular surname with an estimated 68 people with that name. 4

United States Buckle migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Buckles to arrive on North American shores:

Buckle Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Buckle who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Henry Buckle, aged 30, who landed in Virginia in 1635 5
  • Mr. Henry Buckle, (b. 1605), aged 30, British settler traveling aboard the ship "Safety" arriving in Virginia in 1635 6
  • Samuel Buckle, who landed in Maryland in 1673 5
Buckle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Susanna Elis Buckle, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750 5
  • Susanna Elisabetha Buckle, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1750 5
  • Adam Buckle, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1751 with his wife and children
  • Adam Buckle, who arrived in America in 1751 5
  • Johann Adam Buckle, who landed in Reading, Pennsylvania in 1751 5
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Buckle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Buckle, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1852 5

Canada Buckle migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Buckle Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Buckle Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Buckle Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • David Buckle, aged 25, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • Louisa Buckle, aged 24, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902

New Zealand Buckle migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Buckle Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Edward Buckle, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wairoa" in 1880

West Indies Buckle migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. 8
Buckle Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Alexander Buckle, who settled in Barbados in 1679

Contemporary Notables of the name Buckle (post 1700) +

  • Wayne F. Buckle, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1996 9
  • Henry Thomas Buckle (1821-1862), English historian from London, author of a "History of Civilization," a direct descendant of Sir Cuthbert Buckle, Burgh in Cumberland, Lord Mayor of London in 1593 10
  • Francis Buckle (1766-1832), English jockey
  • George Earle Buckle (1854-1935), English journalist
  • Terrence Owen Buckle (1940-2020), Canadian Anglican Archbishop of Yukon from 1995 to 2010
  • Ms. Karen Jayne Buckle R.V.M., British Cook for Highgrove House, was appointed the Royal Victorian Medal (Silver) on 29th December 2018 11
  • Andrew Nicholas Buckle (b. 1982), Australian professional golfer
  • Christopher Richard Sandford Buckle (1916-2001), British writer, author, and critic
  • Denys Herbert Vintcent Buckle (1902-1994), British Army Major General

The Buckle 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: Nil temere
Motto Translation: Nothing rashly.

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  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. The order of Common Surnames in 1955 in Newfoundland retrieved on 20th October 2021 (retrieved from Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland by E.R. Seary corrected edition ISBN 0-7735-1782-0)
  5. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. Pilgrim Ship's of 1600's. Retrieved October 5th 2021 from
  7. Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  9. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 24) . Retrieved from
  10. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 5 Feb. 2019
  11. "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, on Facebook