The name Quickley is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in the county of Devon
where they worked as dairy farmers. The surname is both local
, since it describes where the original bearers lived and what work they did. The surname was originally derived from the Old English word cwic. Occupational
names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. In this case the surname Quickley was originally derived from the principal object associated with the activity of the original bearer; dairy farming. These types of occupational
surnames are called metonymic surnames.
Early Origins of the Quickley family
The surname Quickley was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Quickley family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Quickley research.Another 127 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1636, 1706 and are included under the topic Early Quickley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Quickley Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Quickley has been spelled many different ways, including Quick, Quicke, Quig, Quigg, Quegg and others.
Early Notables of the Quickley family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Quickley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Quickley family to Ireland
Some of the Quickley family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 89 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Quickley family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Quickleys to arrive in North America: Richard Quick, who arrived in Virginia in 1651; Elizabeth Quicke settled with her husband in St. Christopher in 1634; Thomas Quicke was banished to Barbados in 1685.