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The ancestors of the name Dunkley date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in the region of Dinkley in the county of Lancashire. The surname Dunkley 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.

Dunkley Early Origins



The surname Dunkley 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.

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Dunkley Spelling Variations


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Dunkley Spelling Variations



Dunkley has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Dunkley, Dunkerly, Dunkleigh, Dunklee, Dunkersley, Dunkerley and many more.

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Dunkley Early History


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Dunkley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dunkley research. Another 295 words (21 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dunkley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dunkley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dunkley Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Dunkley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Dunkleys to arrive on North American shores:

Dunkley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Dunkley, aged 17, arrived in Virginia in 1684
  • John Dunkley, who landed in Virginia in 1699

Dunkley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Dunkley settled in Maryland in 1775

Dunkley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Dunkley, who arrived in New York in 1825

Dunkley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Dunkley, aged 27, a farmer, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "William Money"
  • John Dunkley, aged 27, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Money" in 1849
  • Sarah Dunkley, aged 27, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Money" in 1849
  • John Dunkley, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Switzerland"

Dunkley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Brown Dunkley arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dunkley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Dunkley (post 1700)



  • Philip Dunkley (b. 1951), retired English cricketer
  • John Dunkley (1891-1947), Jamaican painter and sculptor
  • Louisa Margaret Dunkley (1866-1927), Australian telegraphist and labor organizer
  • Julien Dunkley (b. 1975), Jamaican silver medalist track and field athlete
  • Andrew Dunkley (b. 1968), retired Australian rules footballer
  • Lorna Dunkley, British television news presenter
  • Errol Dunkley, Jamaican reggae musician

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    6. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    9. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
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    The Dunkley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dunkley Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 10 August 2014 at 14:12.

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