Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when a family lived in the regions of Hockley in Essex and Wales. The surname Ockly originally derived from the Old English word hoccsleah which referred to someone who lived close to hills.
Early Origins of the Ockly family
Essex where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Ockly family
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Ockly 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 Ockly family name include Hockley, Hockly, Hokeley, Hokelley and others.
Early Notables of the Ockly family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ockly family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, 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 Ockly surname or a spelling variation of the name include : James Hockley settled in Maryland in 1634; Thomas Hockley settled in New England in 1765; Thomas Hockley and wife settled in New York in 1820; David Hockley settled in Bermuda in 1850..
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