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Bulkelley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Bulkelley is an ancient Anglo-Saxon surname that came from the ancient Lords of Buclogh where the surname means large mountain.


Early Origins of the Bulkelley family


The surname Bulkelley 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 Bulkelley family


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Bulkelley Spelling Variations


The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Bulkelley has been recorded under many different variations, including Bulkeley, Bulkely, Buckly, Bulkelly, Bulhilly, Buhilly and many more.

Early Notables of the Bulkelley 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...
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Migration of the Bulkelley family to Ireland


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Migration of the Bulkelley family to the New World and Oceana


For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Bulkelley or a variant listed above: Peter and Grace Bulkeley and their two sons who settled in Cambridge Massachusetts in 1635; William Bulkely with son and servants settled in Barbados in 1679..

The Bulkelley 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


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