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The name Buckles is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in the region of Buckley which was a parish in St. Albans in County Hertfordshire.

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The surname Buckles was first found in Suffolk and Sussex where they held a family seat, some say, well before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.

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. Buckles has been spelled many different ways, including Buckell, Buckle, Bouckle, Buckles, Buckhill and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Buckles research. Another 438 words (31 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1400, 1533, 1679, 1684, and 1713 are included under the topic Early Buckles History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Buckles Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 Buckless to arrive in North America:

Buckles Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • A. E. Buckles, aged 36, who emigrated to the United States from London, in 1892
  • William Buckles, aged 29, who emigrated to America from Liverpool, in 1899

Buckles Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • James Buckles, aged 27, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1905
  • William Buckles, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Maurice Buckles, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from Kiskeam, Ireland, in 1906
  • Robert Buckles, aged 24, who settled in America from Liverpool, England, in 1908
  • John Buckles, aged 0, who landed in America from Preston, England, in 1909


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  • Abraham Jay Buckles (1846-1915), American soldier and jurist known for his heroism during the American Civil War
  • Bradley A. Buckles (b. 1949), American fifth Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
  • Jesse Robert Buckles (1890-1975), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Frank Woodruff Buckles (1901-2011), until his death on February 27th, 2001 he was the last living American veteran of World War I
  • William Buckles, American Democrat politician, Member of Tennessee State Senate 2nd District, 1947
  • William Buckles, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1912
  • John A. Buckles, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Enid, Oklahoma, 1897-1902


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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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  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The Buckles Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Buckles Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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