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Early Origins of the Rockley family

The surname Rockley was first found in Yorkshire where the name was derived from the name Rockholt which was derived from the Old English "hroc" meaning rook and "holt" meaning wood [1].

There are early references to the name in Wiltshire, but these have been lost through the ages. Worsbrough in the West Riding of Yorkshire was an ancient family seat. "Rockley Hall, now a farmhouse, was the seat of the family of Rockley, of whom Sir Simon Rockley founded the chapel in 1300." [2]

Early History of the Rockley family

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Rockley Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Rockley, Roclay, Rokeley, Rokley, Rocley, Rookley, Rooclay, Roockley, Rockerly, Rokerly, Rokerley, Ruckley, Rukeley and many more.

Early Notables of the Rockley family

Distinguished members of the family include

  • the Rockley family of Yorkshire

United States Rockley migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rockley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Raph Rockley, who landed in Virginia in 1622 [3]

Australia Rockley migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Rockley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Charles Rockley, (Peake, Thomas), English convict who was convicted in London, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Bangalore" on 28th March 1848, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) from Bermuda [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Rockley (post 1700) +

  • Richard Rockley Dibden (b. 1975), English former professional cricketer, born in Southampton, Hampshire who spent four years with Hampshire County Cricket Club

  1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  2. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 15th September 2020). Retrieved from on Facebook