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

The name Locklin is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was originally a name for someone who worked as a person who was a locksmith. 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.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Locklin are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Locklin include Lockyer, Lockyers, Lockier, Lokier, Locker, Lockweer and many more.

First found in Warwickshire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Locklin research. Another 129 words(9 lines of text) covering the years 1294, 1698, 1771, 1611 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Locklin History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 57 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Locklin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Locklin or a variant listed above: George Lockyear, who settled in Virginia in 1663; Thomas Lockyer, who came to Virginia in 1663; and Jacob and Barbara Lockyer, who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1766..

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  • Mr. Thomas Locklin, British Sergeant, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking


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The Locklin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Locklin 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 13 November 2014 at 16:21.

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