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Origins Available: French, Scottish


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The surname Locke was first found in Peeblesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd nam Płballan), former county in South-central Scotland, in the present day Scottish Borders Council Area, where they held a family seat from early times. The family name first appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Loch, Lock, Locke, Lochlair, Locklair and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Locke research. Another 247 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1189, 1296, 1510, 1820, 1621, 1677, 1632 and 1704 are included under the topic Early Locke History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Locke Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Robart Locke, who landed in Virginia in 1621
  • Robert Locke, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • William Locke, who landed in America in 1634
  • Wm Locke, aged 6, arrived in America in 1634
  • John Locke, who arrived in New Hampshire in 1644


Locke Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Febee Locke, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • Peter Locke, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1739
  • Richard Locke, who arrived in Bermuda in 1743

Locke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Lydia Locke, aged 7, landed in Kennebunk, Me in 1830
  • Jacob Locke, aged 29, arrived in Kennebunk, Me in 1830
  • Ann Locke, aged 37, landed in Kennebunk, Me in 1830
  • Esther Locke, aged 8, landed in Kennebunk, Me in 1830
  • James Locke, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1850


Locke Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Abigail Perry Locke, who came to Nova Scotia in 1761

Locke Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Aaron Locke, aged 24, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Florentia"
  • Wilhelm Locke, aged 35, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Himalaya"
  • Aaron Locke arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Florentia" in 1849
  • George Locke arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Candahar" in 1851
  • John Locke, aged 30, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Reliance"


Locke Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Locke, aged 35, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Indus" in 1843
  • Mary Locke, aged 40, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Indus" in 1843
  • Mary Ann Locke, aged 12, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Indus" in 1843
  • James Locke, aged 5, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Indus" in 1843
  • Martha A. Locke arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gipsy" in 1854


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  • Eugene Murphy Locke (1918-1972), American lawyer and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Alain LeRoy Locke (1885-1954), American writer, philosopher, educator, and Rhodes Scholar
  • Bessie Locke (1865-1952), American pioneer
  • Gary Locke (b. 1950), American lawyer and Democratic politician, who became the governor of Washington in 1997
  • David Rose Locke (1833-1888), American journalist, who wrote the Nasby letters (1861) under the assumed persona of "the Reverend Petroleum Vesuvius Nasby"
  • Sondra Locke (b. 1944), American actress, singer and film director
  • Mr. A. Locke (d. 1912), aged 33, English Scullion from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Major-General William James Macavoy Locke (1894-1962), Australian Chairman of Permanent Post-War Planning Committee from 1944 to 1946
  • Elsie Violet Locke (1912-2001), New Zealand writer, feminist and social activist
  • William John Locke (1863-1930), English novelist

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  • Genealogy by Donald P. Hayes.
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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: Assiduitate, non desdia
Motto Translation: By assiduity, not by sloth.

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  1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  2. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  3. 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).
  4. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  5. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  9. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
  10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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The Locke Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Locke 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.

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