Suckling History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Suckling family

The surname Suckling was first found in Norfolk at Woodton, a parish, in the union of Loddon and Clavering, hundred of Loddon. This village was home to the family from ancient times. "The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £6. 13. 4., and in the gift of the Rev. A. Suckling: the tithes have been commuted for £615, and the glebe comprises 27 acres, with a house. The church [(Woodton All Saints)] is chiefly in the decorated English style, with a circular tower of earlier date, surmounted by an octagonal turret, and has some handsome monuments to the Suckling family." [1]

The church is one of 124 existing round-tower churches in Norfolk. John Sokeling was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Berkshire in 1195. Richards Sukeling was listed in Oxfordshire in 1253 and Mabilia Sucling was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Suffolk in 1253. [2]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Adam Sucklin and Robert Sucling in Oxfordshire and Walter Sucling in Suffolk. [3]

Early History of the Suckling family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Suckling research. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1348, 1353, 1430, 1479, 1570, 1520, 1589, 1569, 1627, 1601, 1626, 1609 and 1642 are included under the topic Early Suckling History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Suckling Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Suckling, Sucklin, Suckley, Sukley, Sukling, Sukelly, Sokelan and many more.

Early Notables of the Suckling family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Robert Suckling (1520-1589), of St. Andrew's, Norwich, Norfolk, an English politician; and Sir John Suckling (1569-1627), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1601...
Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Suckling Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Suckling migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Suckling Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Suckling, who settled in Hingham Massachusetts in 1630

Australia Suckling migration to Australia +

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

Suckling Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Suckling, (Gall), English convict who was convicted in Kingston Upon Hull, Yorkshire, England for 7 years for desertion from the army, transported aboard the ""Blenheim"" on 24th July 1850, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) and Norfolk Island, Australia [4]
  • Samuel Suckling, aged 33, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Sultana" [5]
  • Benjamin Suckling, aged 30, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Sultana" [5]
  • Samuel Suckling, aged 33, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1851 [5]
  • Eliza Suckling, aged 31, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1851 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Suckling migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Suckling Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. J. Suckling, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Northfleet" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand, Via Wellington and Lyttleton in February 1854 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Suckling (post 1700) +

  • James Suckling (b. 1958), American wine and cigar critic, former Senior Editor and European Bureau Chief of Wine Spectator
  • T. H. Suckling, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1916 [7]
  • Ernest Suckling (1890-1962), English cricketer
  • Alfred Inigo Suckling (1796-1856), born Alfred Fox, an English clergyman, an author and historian from Suffolk
  • Perry Suckling (b. 1965), English former footballer
  • Catherine Suckling (1725-1767), English mother of Horatio Nelson
  • Norman Suckling, New Zealand bronze medalist rower at the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games
  • Charles Walter Suckling CBE (1920-1951), British chemist who first synthesised halothane in 1951
  • George Suckling, British lawyer, the first Chief Justice of the British Virgin Islands in 1776
  • Captain Maurice Suckling (1726-1778), British Royal Navy officer, instrumental in the training of his nephew, Horatio Nelson
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Suckling 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: Mora trahit periculum
Motto Translation: Delay brings danger.


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  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)
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/blenheim
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SULTANA 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Sultana.htm
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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