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The ancestors of the name Oakley date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Oakley family 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 Oakley belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Oakley Early Origins



The surname Oakley 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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Oakley Spelling Variations


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Oakley Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Oakley 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 Oakley include: Oakley, Oakeley, Oakly, Okly, Ockley and others.

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Oakley Early History


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Oakley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oakley 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 Oakley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Oakley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Oakley 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 Oakley 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



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. 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 Oakley or a variant listed above:

Oakley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • George Oakley, who came to Virginia in 1654
  • Francis Oakley, who arrived in Barbados in 1669
  • John Oakley, who arrived in Maryland in 1670

Oakley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Alice Oakley, who settled in Virginia in 1729

Oakley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Oakley, aged 43, landed in Maryland in 1812
  • George Oakley, who arrived in New York in 1846
  • B Oakley, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Henry Oakley, aged 19, landed in New York in 1854
  • William Oakley, aged 30, arrived in New York, NY in 1855
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Oakley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Arthur Oakley, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1840
  • Alice Oakley, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1843

Oakley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Edward Oakley, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Josiah Oakley, aged 40, a labourer, arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836
  • Betty Oakley, aged 30, arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836
  • Sarah Oakley, aged 28, arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836
  • Mary Oakley, aged above 15, arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Oakley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • J. Oakley arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Beauty" in 1863
  • Henry William Oakley, aged 19, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874
  • David Oakley, aged 18, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874
  • Sarah Oakley, aged 21, a dairymaid, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Oakley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Oakley (post 1700)



  • William Oakley (b. 1860), American gunner's mate second class serving in the United States Navy during the Spanish-American War, recipient of the Medal of Honor for bravery
  • Peter H. Oakley (b. 1949), American professional PGA golfer
  • David Oakley (1945-2006), American professional golfer
  • Bill Oakley (b. 1966), American television writer, best known for his work on The Simpsons
  • Annie Oakley (1860-1926), born Phoebe Orlando Ann Mosey, American sharpshooter and exhibition shooter, star of Buffalo Bill's Wild West
  • Berry Oakley (1948-1972), American musician, member of The Allman Brothers Band
  • Robert Bigger Oakley (b. 1934), American Foreign Service officer, U.S. Ambassador to Zaire (1979-82), Somalia (1982) and Pakistan (1988-91)
  • Laura Oakley (1879-1957), American actress
  • Thomas Jackson Oakley (1783-1857), American politician, U.S. Representative from New York (1813-15, 1827-28) and superior court judge in New York (1828-47)
  • Francis Christopher Oakley (b. 1931), English-American educator and historian
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Oakley Historic Events


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Oakley Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. George Oakley, Canadian Third Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

Hillcrest Coal Mine

  • Mr. Joseph Oakley (1870-1914), English Miner from Coasley, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom who worked in the Hillcrest Coal Mine, Alberta, Canada and died in the mine collapse on June 19 1914

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Suggested Readings for the name Oakley


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Suggested Readings for the name Oakley



  • The Descendants of William & Mary Simms: England To Illinois and Beyond by Vivian York Simms.

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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: 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. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  2. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
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The Oakley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Oakley 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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