Show ContentsBuckler History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The founding heritage of the Buckler family is in the Anglo-Saxon culture that once dominated in Britain. The name Buckler comes from when one of the family worked as a manufacturer of buckles having derived from the Old French word bouclier, which literally means buckle-maker

Early Origins of the Buckler family

The surname Buckler was first found in Berkshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Buckler family

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Buckler 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. Buckler has been spelled many different ways, including Buckler, Bucklar, Bukler and others.

Early Notables of the Buckler family (pre 1700)

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Buckler Ranking

In the United States, the name Buckler is the 13,842nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Buckler migration to the United States +

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 Bucklers to arrive in North America:

Buckler Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Andrew Buckler who arrived in Virginia in 1606
  • William Buckler, who settled in New England in 1654
  • Robert Buckler, who arrived in Virginia in 1657
  • William Buckler, who landed in Maryland in 1671 [2]
  • Charles Buckler, who settled in New England in 1685
Buckler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Elinor Buckler, who arrived in Virginia in 1704 [2]
  • Richard Buckler, who arrived in Maryland in 1735
  • Johan Jacob Buckler, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1767 [2]
  • Konrad Buckler, who arrived in America in 1781 [2]
  • John Buckler, who arrived in New York in 1794 [2]
Buckler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Edward Buckler, who arrived in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1821
  • Adam Fr Buckler, who landed in North America in 1832-1849 [2]
  • Elisabeth Buckler, aged 33, who landed in New York, NY in 1852 [2]
  • Mary Buckler, aged 58, who landed in New York in 1862 [2]

Canada Buckler migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Buckler Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
Buckler Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

Australia Buckler migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Buckler Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Buckler, English convict from Southampton, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Miss Mary Ann Buckler who was convicted in Clerkenwell, London, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Cadet" on 4th September 1847, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Buckler (post 1700) +

  • Rich Buckler (1949-2017), American comic book artist and penciller, known for his work on Marvel Comics' Fantastic Four, Inkwell Awards Ambassador in 2015
  • Kevin Buckler (b. 1959), American race car driver and founder of Adobe Road Winery
  • Bill Buckler (1901-1979), American NFL football player who played guard for the Chicago Bears (1926-1933)
  • Richard Thompson Buckler (1865-1950), American politician, Member of the Minnesota Senate (1915-1919), (1923-1927) and (1931-1933)
  • J. Bruce Buckler, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 47th District, 1958 [6]
  • William Buckler (1814-1884), English entomologist, born 13 Sept. 1814, at Newport, Isle of Wight, son of William, brother to John Buckler, F.S.A [7]
  • Benjamin Buckler (1718-1780), English antiquary, son of Thomas Buckler of Warminster, Wiltshire [7]
  • Philip John Warr Buckler (b. 1949), English Anglican Church clergyman, Dean of Lincoln (2007-2016)
  • Paul Richard "Rick" Buckler (b. 1955), English drummer and a founding member of English rock band "The Jam"
  • John Buckler Sr., (1770-1851), British artist and architect, born 30 Nov. 1770 at Calbourne, Isle of Wight [7]
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The Buckler 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: Fidelis usque ad mortem
Motto Translation: Faithful even unto death.

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  2. 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)
  3. Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  4. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Andromeda voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1832 with 186 passengers. Retrieved from
  5. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th November 2020). Retrieved from
  6. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 24) . Retrieved from
  7. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 5 Feb. 2019 on Facebook