Bukley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Bukley has a rich and ancient history. It is an Anglo-Saxon name that was originally derived from the ancient Lords of Buclogh where the surname means large mountain.

Early Origins of the Bukley family

The surname Bukley was first found in Cheshire 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 Bukley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bukley research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1206, 1638, 1573, 1549, 1552, 1621, 1577, 1659, 1644, 1614, 1662, 1640, 1662, 1585, 1659, 1633, 1708, 1688, 1658, 1660, 1661, 1583, 1659, 1635, 1637, 1635, 1568, 1650, 1634, 1685, 1660, 1665, 1666, 1660, 1710, 1692 and 1710 are included under the topic Early Bukley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bukley Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Bukley include Bulkeley, Bulkely, Buckly, Bulkelly, Bulhilly, Buhilly and many more.

Early Notables of the Bukley family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Sir Richard Bulkeley (died 1573), a Welsh politician, Member of Parliament for Anglesey (1549-1552); Sir Richard Bulkeley of Beaumaris, Anglesey and Lewisham (d. 1621), English parliamentarian, knighted in 1577; his son, Thomas Bulkeley (died. c.1659), created Viscount Bulkeley of Cashel in the Peerage of Ireland on 19 January 1644; and John Bulkeley (1614-1662), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1640 and 1662. Thomas Bulkeley, 1st Viscount Bulkeley (1585-1659), was a Welsh landowner from North Wales who supported the Royalist cause during the English Civil War. Thomas...
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Ireland Migration of the Bukley family to Ireland

Some of the Bukley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Bukley migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Bukley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Daniel Bukley, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1841 [1]

New Zealand Bukley 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:

Bukley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Bukley, aged 20, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1878


The Bukley 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: Nec temere, nec timide
Motto Translation: Neither rashly nor timidly


  1. ^ 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)


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