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The name MacKley reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The MacKley family lived in Lincolnshire, where they held a family seat at Claye.

MacKley Early Origins



The surname MacKley was first found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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MacKley Spelling Variations


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MacKley Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname MacKley include Clay, Claye, Cley, Cleye, McClay and others.

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MacKley Early History


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MacKley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacKley research. Another 208 words (15 lines of text) covering the year 1086 is included under the topic Early MacKley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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MacKley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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MacKley Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early MacKley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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MacKley In Ireland


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MacKley In Ireland



Some of the MacKley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first MacKleys to arrive on North American shores:

MacKley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Mackley, who landed in Maryland in 1675

MacKley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Eliz Mackley, who arrived in Virginia in 1712

MacKley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Mackley, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749

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Contemporary Notables of the name MacKley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name MacKley (post 1700)



  • Ruth Elizabeth Mackley, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Manheim, Pennsylvania, 1936-60
  • Ian Warren Mackley CMG, CVO (1942-2014), British diplomat, British High Commissioner to Ghana (1996-2000)

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Per orbem
Motto Translation: Through the world.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    3. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    4. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    5. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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    The MacKley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The MacKley 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 7 January 2016 at 11:51.

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