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Oakeley is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Oakeley family once lived in one of the various settlements named Oakley throughout England, or in Oakley Street in Gloucestershire, Oakleigh in Kent, or Ockley in Surrey. The surname Oakeley belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Oakeley Early Origins



The surname Oakeley was first found in Shropshire where this "ancient family descended from Philip, who is the reign of Henry III., was Lord of Oakley in the parish of Bishop's Castle, from whence he assumed his name, and which has ever since been the inheritance of his descendants." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
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Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list: Walter de Oclee in Wiltshire; Godwin de Ocle in Suffolk; and Robert de Ocle in Oxfordshire. The Feet if Fins of 1415, list Thomas Acle or Ocle as Sheriff of Norwich at that time. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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Oakeley Spelling Variations


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Oakeley Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Oakeley family name include Oakley, Oakeley, Oakly, Okly, Ockley and others.

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Oakeley Early History


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Oakeley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oakeley research. Another 281 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1327, 1362, 1380, 1541, 1660, 1653, 1624, 1635, 1695, 1659, 1660, 1678 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Oakeley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Oakeley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Oakeley Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of this surname at this time include William Oakley, M.P. for Bishop's Castle in 1660; Richard Oakeley (died 1653), of Oakeley, Shropshire, an English landowner and politician, Member of Parliament for Bishop's Castle...

Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Oakeley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Oakeley surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Oakeley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Math Oakeley, who arrived in Virginia in 1699

Oakeley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Oakeley, who settled in Virginia in 1773
  • John Oakeley, aged 19, landed in Virginia in 1773

Oakeley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Richard F. Oakeley, aged 44, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Edward de Clifford Oakeley, aged 42, who settled in America, in 1907

Oakeley Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • James T.E. Oakeley, aged 38, who settled in Creston British Columbia, Canada, in 1924

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Contemporary Notables of the name Oakeley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Oakeley (post 1700)



  • Sir Charles Oakeley (1751-1826), of Forton, Staffordshire, 1st Baronet, an English administrator in India, and was responsible for collecting funds for the war and later became Governor of Madras
  • Frederick Oakeley (1802-1880), canon at Westminster Cathedral in 1852 best known as the person who translated Adeste Fideles (Oh Come All Ye Faithful) into English
  • Sir Edward Atholl Oakeley (1900-1987), 7th Baronet of Shrewsbury, English heavyweight boxer
  • Sir John Digby Atholl Oakeley (b. 1932), 8th Baronet, British peer
  • William Edward Oakeley (1828-1912), owner of the Oakeley Quarry, a slate mine in the town of Blaenau Ffestiniog, north Wales

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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: Non timeo sed caveo
Motto Translation: I do not fear, but am careful.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  2. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  6. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  9. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  10. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
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The Oakeley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Oakeley 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.

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