Anglo-Saxons. It is a product of their having lived in the region of Dinkley in the county of Lancashire. The surname Dunklin 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 Dunklin family
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 Dunklin family
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Dunklin Spelling Variations
hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Dunklin include Dunkley, Dunkerly, Dunkleigh, Dunklee, Dunkersley, Dunkerley and many more.
Early Notables of the Dunklin family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dunklin family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Dunklin were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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 Dunklin (post 1700)
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