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Where did the English Buckley family come from? What is the English Buckley family crest and coat of arms? When did the Buckley family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Buckley family history?

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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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.

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.


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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.

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Another 127 words(9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Buckley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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.

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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


Buckley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Beni Buckley, who arrived in Virginia in 1700
  • Wm 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


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


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


  • John Buckley, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the barque "Pallas" from Cork
  • Patrick Buckley, aged 27, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "Reward" from Cork
  • James Buckley, aged 25, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Charity" from Kinsale
  • Thomas Buckley, aged 19, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Charity" from Kinsale
  • Jeremiah Buckley, aged 15, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Charity" from Kinsale


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


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
  • Betty Lynn Buckley (b. 1947), American theater, film and television actress and singer
  • Jack Boyd Buckley (1926-2007), American civil engineer and building consultant
  • William Frank Buckley Jr. (1925-2008), American author and commentator, founder of the political magazine "National Review" in 1955 and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • James R. Buckley (1870-1945), U.S. Representative from Illinois
  • Tim Buckley (1947-1975), American vocalist, and musician
  • Jeff Buckley (1967-1997), American singer-songwriter
  • William Francis Buckley (1928-1985), U.S. Army officer and intelligence agency operative

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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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The Buckley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Buckley 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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