Lockyear History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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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.
"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." 
Early Origins of the Lockyear family
The surname Lockyear 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.)  And this tradition continued through the years as the Register of the University of Oxford lists William Lokier from Somerset in 1604. 
London had early records for the family too as the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Henry le Lockier there at that time. 
Important Dates for the Lockyear family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lockyear research. Another 65 words (5 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.
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.
Early Notables of the Lockyear family (pre 1700)
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Lockyear migration to the United States
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:
Typical Lockyear Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
Lockyear Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- George Lockyear, who settled in Virginia in 1663
Lockyear 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:
Lockyear Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- W Lockyear, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship London
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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- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ 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.
- ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html