Locke History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Locke family

The surname Locke was first found in Peeblesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd nam Pùballan), former county in South-central Scotland, in the present day Scottish Borders Council Area. They were from the locality known as Portmoore Loch in the parish of Eddleston in Peeblesshire. Literally, the name means "a place where rivers meet with a partial obstruction from a wooden dam. " [1] Later they acquired the lands of Gillemorestun in 1189. John Loch of Roxburghshire represented his Clan when he rendered homage in 1296 to King Edward I of England on his brief conquest of Scotland. Malise Lock was taken prisoner at Dunbar Castle in the same year. [2] Further to the south, the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed: Geoffrey Loc, or Lock in Suffolk; and William Lock in Oxfordshire. [3] Kirby's Quest lists John Loke in Somerset, 1 Edward III. (during the first year of Edward III's reign.) [4]

Important Dates for the Locke family

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Locke Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Locke family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was George Lock, Bishop of Glasgow; Matthew Locke (ca. 1621-1677), an English Baroque composer and music theorist; and John Locke (1632-1704), known as the...
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Locke migration to the United States

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 [5]
  • Robert Locke, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 [5]
  • William Locke, who landed in America in 1634 [5]
  • William Locke, aged 6, who arrived in America in 1634 [5]
  • John Locke, who arrived in New Hampshire in 1644 [5]
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Locke Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Febee Locke, who arrived in Virginia in 1703 [5]
  • Peter Locke, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1739 [5]
  • Richard Locke, who arrived in Bermuda in 1743 [5]
Locke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Lydia Locke, aged 7, who landed in Kennebunk, Me in 1830 [5]
  • Jacob Locke, aged 29, who arrived in Kennebunk, Me in 1830 [5]
  • Ann Locke, aged 37, who landed in Kennebunk, Me in 1830 [5]
  • Esther Locke, aged 8, who landed in Kennebunk, Me in 1830 [5]
  • James Locke, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1850 [5]
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Locke migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Locke Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Abigail Perry Locke, who settled in Nova Scotia in 1761

Locke migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Locke Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Aaron Locke, aged 24, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Florentia" [6]
  • Wilhelm Locke, aged 35, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Himalaya" [7]
  • Aaron Locke, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Florentia" in 1849 [6]
  • George Locke, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Candahar" in 1851 [8]
  • John Locke, aged 30, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Reliance" [9]
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Locke migration to New Zealand

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:

Locke Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Locke, aged 35, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Indus" in 1843
  • Mary Locke, aged 40, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Indus" in 1843
  • Mary Ann Locke, aged 12, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Indus" in 1843
  • James Locke, aged 5, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Indus" in 1843
  • Martha A. Locke, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gipsy" in 1854
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Contemporary Notables of the name Locke (post 1700)

  • John Locke (1764-1855), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts (1829-1833)
  • John Locke (1792-1856), American naturalist, professor, photographer, and publisher
  • 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
  • Mrs. Jacqueline Locke M.B.E.,, née Gorman, British Chief Executive for Connswater Homes, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to Social Housing [10]
  • Keith James Locke (b. 1944), New Zealand politician, Member of the New Zealand Parliament for Green Party List (1999-2011)
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Historic Events for the Locke family

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. A. Locke (d. 1912), aged 33, English Scullion from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [11]

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Citations

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FLORENTIA 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Florentia.htm
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The HIMALAYA 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Himalaya.htm
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CANDAHAR 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Candahar.htm
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RELIANCE 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Reliance.htm
  10. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
  11. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
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