Dunkerley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Dunkerley comes from when the family resided in the region of Dinkley in the county of Lancashire. The surname Dunkerley is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came.

Early Origins of the Dunkerley family

The surname Dunkerley was first found in Lancashire 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 Dunkerley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dunkerley research. Another 68 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dunkerley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dunkerley 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 Dunkerley include Dunkley, Dunkerly, Dunkleigh, Dunklee, Dunkersley, Dunkerley and many more.

Early Notables of the Dunkerley family (pre 1700)

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United States Dunkerley 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:

Dunkerley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Dunkerley who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1880

Australia Dunkerley migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Dunkerley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Dunkerley (post 1700) +

  • William Arthur Dunkerley (1852-1941), English journalist, novelist and poet
  • Jason Dunkerley, Canadian Paralympian athlete silver medalist
  • Roderic Dunkerley (1884-1966), British author
  • James Chadwick Dunkerley OBE, British Professor of Politics appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2010


  1. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 18th February 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/claudine


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