Show ContentsTuckley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Tuckley name was originally an Anglo-Saxon name that was given to a fuller, whose job it was to scour and thicken raw cloth by beating it and trampling it in water having derived from the Old English word tucian, which originally meant to torment and later gained the meaning to tuck or to full. [1] Occasionally, the name Tuckley was a nickname surname given to a courageous person.

Early Origins of the Tuckley family

The surname Tuckley was first found in Devon. "Tucker is a very characteristic west of England name. Its great home is in Devonshire, and it is especially numerous in the Barnstaple district. It is also found in numbers in Somerset, and occurs too, but much less frequently, in Cornwall, Dorset, Hants, and Wilts. Tucker was the west of England name for a fuller. " [2]

As to agree with aforementioned, another source notes: "Tucker is still a great West country surname, being very strongly represented in Devon, Wiltshire, and Dorset. " [3]

The earliest record found for the family was Roger le Tukere, who was listed in the Hundredorum, Rolls for Dorset in 1273. [3]

Early History of the Tuckley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tuckley research. Another 122 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1557, 1558, 1565, 1590, 1592, 1601, 1614, 1621, 1623, 1625, 1654, 1664, 1676 and 1741 are included under the topic Early Tuckley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Tuckley Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Tuckley has undergone many spelling variations, including Tucker, Tooker, Toker, Tokker and others.

Early Notables of the Tuckley family

Notables of the family at this time include William Tucker or Tooker (1558?-1621), English divine, born at Exeter in 1557 or 1558, the third son of William Tooker of that town. In 1590 he became rector of Clovelly in Devonshire, but resigned the charge in 1601. [4] Giles Tooker (c 1565-1623), was an English lawyer and politician who sat in the House of Commons...
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Ireland Migration of the Tuckley family to Ireland

Some of the Tuckley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Australia Tuckley migration to Australia +

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

Tuckley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Joseph Tuckley, English convict who was convicted in Warwick, Warwickshire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Camden" on 21st September 1832, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Richard Tuckley, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Florentia" in 1849 [6]

  1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  2. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. 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)
  4. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 2nd December 2020). Retrieved from
  6. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FLORENTIA 1849. Retrieved from on Facebook