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Where did the Scottish lakey family come from? What is the Scottish lakey family crest and coat of arms? When did the lakey family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the lakey family history?

The age-old Scottish surname lakey was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people. The lakey family lived at Leckie in the county of Stirlingshire. The place name is derived from the Gaelic leac, or "flagstone," and the suffix -ach, which means "place."

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In Medieval times, spelling and translation were not nearly so highly developed as today. They were generally carried out according to the sound and intuition of the bearer. For that reason spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. lakey has been spelled Leckie, Leck, Leckey, Lecky, Lackey, Lackie, Lachey, Lakey and many more.

First found in Stirlingshire, 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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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lakey research. Another 215 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1390, 1406, 1380, 1784, 1537, 1797 and are included under the topic Early lakey History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 41 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early lakey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the lakey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 143 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Unrest, poverty, and persecution caused thousands to look for opportunity and freedom in the North American colonies. The crossing was long, overcrowded, and unsanitary, though, and came only at great expense. Many Strathclyde families settled on the east coast of North America in communities that would form the backbone of what would become the great nations of the United States and Canada. The American War of Independence caused those who remained loyal to England to move north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the 20th century, Strathclyde and other Scottish families across North America began to recover their collective heritage through highland games and Clan societies. Among them:

lakey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Amy A. Lakey, aged 42, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Harry Lakey, aged 38, who landed in America from Wisbeck, England, in 1907
  • Janett B. Lakey, aged 49, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Christopher Lakey Lakey, aged 51, who emigrated to America from Wallsend on Tyne, England, in 1920
  • James Lakey, aged 37, who emigrated to the United States, in 1924

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  • Edwin Lakey, Canadian Anglican archbishop of Ontario
  • Leanne Lakey (b. 1979), British actress


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Virtutis praemium
Motto Translation: Virtues reward

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The lakey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The lakey 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 19 November 2014 at 14:07.

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