The Anglo-Saxon name Hockey comes from when the family resided in the regions of Hockley in Essex and Wales. The surname Hockey originally derived from the Old English word hoccsleah which referred to someone who lived close to hills.
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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 Hockey include Hockley, Hockly, Hokeley, Hokelley and others.
Mr. John Hockey, (b. 1803), aged 27, English convict who was convicted in Somerset, England for 14 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Burrell" on 22nd July 1830, arriving in New South Wales, he died in 1878 
George Hockey, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839 
Mary Ann Hockey, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839 
James Hockey, aged 21, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sea Park" 
Edwin Hockey, aged 25, a butcher, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Navarino" 
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Hockey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
Mr. John Hockey, (b. 1857), aged 22, Cornish farm labourer departing on 5th June 1879 aboard the ship "Glenlora" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 18th August 1879