Heckley is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from a family once having lived in the regions of Hockley in Essex and Wales. The surname Heckley originally derived from the Old English word hoccsleah which referred to someone who lived close to hills.
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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Heckley has been recorded under many different variations, including Hockley, Hockly, Hokeley, Hokelley and others.
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Heckley or a variant listed above:
Heckley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
James Heckley, who arrived in Maryland in 1633 
^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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