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Bulkilley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Bulkilley is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in any of the places named Buckley, or Buckleigh, in England. Bulkilley 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.

Early Origins of the Bulkilley family

The surname Bulkilley 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.

Early History of the Bulkilley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bulkilley 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 Bulkilley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bulkilley Spelling Variations

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. Bulkilley has been spelled many different ways, including Buckley, Bucklie, Buckly, Bulkely, Bulkley, Bulkelly, Boukley, Bulkaly, Bulkly, Bulklay and many more.

Early Notables of the Bulkilley family (pre 1700)

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...
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Migration of the Bulkilley family to Ireland

Some of the Bulkilley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Bulkilley family to the New World and Oceana

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 Bulkilleys to arrive in North America: Daniel Buckley settled in New England in 1635; Humphrey Buckley settled in Virginia in 1635; Luce Buckley settled in Barbados in 1660; John Buckley settled in Pennsylvania in 1682.

The Bulkilley 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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