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The name Buckley first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in any of the places named Buckley, or Buckleigh, in England. Buckley 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.

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The surname Buckley 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 in England. Whichever derivation, you choose, all point to Cheshire.

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Buckley has appeared include Buckley, Bucklie, Buckly, Bulkely, Bulkley, Bulkelly, Boukley, Bulkaly, Bulkly, Bulklay and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Buckley research. Another 329 words (24 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 Buckley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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...

Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Buckley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Buckley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Buckley arrived in North America very early:

Buckley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Daniel Buckley settled in New England in 1635
  • Humphrey Buckley settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Ben Buckley, aged 1, landed in America in 1635
  • Ben I Buckley, aged 1, landed in New England in 1635
  • Daniell Buckley, aged 9, arrived in New England in 1635
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Buckley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Beni Buckley, who arrived in Virginia in 1700
  • William Buckley, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Martha Buckley, who landed in Virginia in 1704
  • Abraham Buckley, who landed in Virginia in 1704
  • Phineas Buckley in Philadelphia in 1713
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Buckley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Christian Buckley, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1810
  • Catherine Buckley, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Samuel P Buckley, aged 30, landed in North Carolina in 1812
  • Joshua Buckley, who arrived in Wilmington, Del in 1813
  • Joseph Buckley, who landed in New York in 1822
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Buckley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Thomas Buckley Sr., U.E born in Pennsylvania, USA who settled in Parr Town [Saint John], New Brunswick c. 1783 listed as signing the Quaker Loyalist agreement
  • Mr. Thomas Buckley Jr., U.E born in Pennsylvania, USA who settled in Pennfield, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 listed as signing the Quaker Loyalist agreement

Buckley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Daniel Buckley, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1819
  • Maurice Buckley, aged 35, arrived in Canada in 1823
  • William Buckley, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1833
  • John Buckley, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Pallas" from Cork, Ireland
  • Patrick Buckley, aged 27, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Reward" from Cork, Ireland
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Buckley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Buckley, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Edmund Buckley, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • John Buckley, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • Thomas Buckley, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Patrick Buckley, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia
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Buckley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • D P Buckley landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1845
  • Thomas Buckley, aged 28, a railway labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • Anna Buckley, aged 26, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • Lucy A. Buckley, aged 1, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • W. Buckley arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ulcoats" in 1864
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  • Samuel Botsford Buckley (1809-1884), American botanist, geologist, and naturalist
  • John C. Buckley (1842-1913), Union Army soldier during the American Civil War who received the Medal of Honor for his gallantry during the Siege of Vicksburg on May 22, 1863
  • Eldra Clemond Buckley (b. 1985), American football running back
  • A. Buckley, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Mississippi, 1908, 1912
  • Allen Buckley, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Georgia, 2004
  • Andrew Joseph Buckley, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1960
  • Anna Buckley, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1980
  • Arthur Buckley, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1928
  • Arthur J. Buckley, American politician, Independent Candidate for burgess of Tarentum, Pennsylvania, 1933
  • Arthur J. Buckley, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Genesee County, 1936, 1938
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Buckley Historic Events



HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Daniel Stanley Buckley (1920-1941), Australian Ordinary Seaman from Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Kenneth Robertson Buckley, British Lieutenant Commander, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Victor Buckley (1919-1943), British Corporal Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking, died whilst a Prisoner of War in 1943

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. H.E. Buckley (d. 1912), aged 34, English Assistant Vegetable Cook from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Daniel Buckley, aged 21, Irish Third Class passenger from Kingwilliamstown, Cork who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived in the sinking in life boat 13
  • Miss Catherine Buckley (d. 1912), aged 22, Irish Third Class passenger from Ovens, Cork who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett
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  • The Buckley Family Genealogy by Shirley Gray Buckley.
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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: Nec temere nec timide
Motto Translation: Neither rashly nor timidly.

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    Other References

    1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    2. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    3. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    4. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    7. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    9. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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