Show ContentsDunklee History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Dunklee first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in the region of Dinkley in the county of Lancashire. The surname Dunklee 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 Dunklee family

The surname Dunklee 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 Dunklee family

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Dunklee Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Dunklee family

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Migration of the Dunklee family

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 Dunklee arrived in North America very early: William Dunkerley who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1880; Benjamin Dunkerly settled in Philadelphia in 1849; followed by James in 1852; and William in 1860.

Contemporary Notables of the name Dunklee (post 1700) +

  • Edward V. Dunklee, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 1952 (alternate), 1956 [1]
  • Donald P. Dunklee, American Democratic Party politician, Member of Colorado State Senate, 1950 [1]
  • Frank Dunklee Currier (1853-1921), American politician, U.S. Representative from New Hampshire

  1. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 11) . Retrieved from on Facebook