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Lockyear is an Anglo-Saxon name. The name was originally given to 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.

Lockyear Early Origins



The surname Lockyear was 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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Lockyear Spelling Variations


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Lockyear Spelling Variations



One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Lockyear has appeared include Lockyer, Lockyers, Lockier, Lokier, Locker, Lockweer and many more.

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Lockyear Early History


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Lockyear Early History



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

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Lockyear Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Lockyear Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Lockyear arrived in North America very early:

Lockyear Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • George Lockyear, who settled in Virginia in 1663

Lockyear Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • W Lockyear, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship London

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Contemporary Notables of the name Lockyear (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Lockyear (post 1700)



  • Alan Lockyear, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Washington, 1972

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Lockyear Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. 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.
    2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    6. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    8. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
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    The Lockyear Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lockyear 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 January 2016 at 09:29.

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