Lockier History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Lockier comes from when its first bearer worked as a person who was a locksmith. [1] Occupational names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. Occupational names have remained fairly common in the modern period. This is attested to by the continuing appearance of occupational suffixes at the end of many English surnames. Some of these suffixes include: herd, monger, maker, hewer, smith, and wright.

"It is interesting to notice that while Lockyer has predominated over Locksmith in our personal nomenclature, yet locksmith has nearly ousted lockyer as an occupative term." [2]

Early Origins of the Lockier family

The surname Lockier was first found in Somerset, where Kirby's Quest listed some of the first entries for the family: Nicholas le Lokyere; and Lucas le Lokier as both residing there, 1 Edward III (during the first year of Edward III's reign.) [3] And this tradition continued through the years as the Register of the University of Oxford lists William Lokier from Somerset in 1604. [2]

London had early records for the family too as the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Henry le Lockier there at that time. [4]

Early History of the Lockier family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lockier research. Another 65 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1294, 1698, 1771, 1611 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Lockier History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lockier Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Lockier include Lockyer, Lockyers, Lockier, Lokier, Locker, Lockweer and many more.

Early Notables of the Lockier family (pre 1700)

Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lockier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Lockier migration to Australia +

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

Lockier Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Lockier, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eliza" in 1840 [5]
  • Harriet Lockier, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eliza" in 1840 [5]


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ELIZA 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Eliza.htm


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