Last name: Buckley

This interesting surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is locational from any of the minor places so called, such as Buckleigh in Abbotsham in Devonshire, Buckley Heath in Sussex, or Buckley Green in Warwickshire. Most of these placenames derive from the Olde English pre 7th Century "bucc(a)", meaning a he-goat, plus "leah" a clearing or wood. However, several instances of Buckley and Buckleigh in Devon derive from "boga", bow, plus "clif", cliff. In Ireland, the surname is found as an Anglicized form of the Gaelic "O'Buachalla", composed of the elements "O" meaning descendant of, plus "Buachaill", a byname meaning cowherd or servant. The surname is first recorded in the early half of the 13th Century (see below), and other early recordings include: William de Bockeleye, noted in the Subsidy Rolls of Warwickshire in 1332, and John Buckley, who appeared in the 1545 Subsidy Rolls of Wiltshire. In the modern idiom the surname has many variant spellings including Bucklee and Buckleigh. Among the earliest of the namebearers to settle in the New World Colonies were Ben Buckley, aged 11 yrs., and Daniell Buckley, aged 9 yrs., who departed from the port of London aboard the "Suzan and Ellin" bound for New England, in April 1635. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Alan de Buckeleg, which was dated 1235, in the "Feet of Fines of Warwickshire", during the reign of King Henry 111, known as "The Frenchman", 1216 - 1272. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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my great grand father is a albert buckley (1919-1969) married a dorothy slinn (1920-1987) in 1939 in sheffield south yorkshire. if anyone has them in their family tree id love to hear from you on facebook.

Ronald Wattam
I am trying to find out more information of a John Buckley b. 28 Feb. 1847 Cork Ireland who married Sarah Cook 9 Dec. 1871 Surrey, England. Johns parents were Michael Andrew John Buckley b c.1822. both were christened Inchigeelagh, Boherbue, Cork, Ireland and his wife I believe to be Catherine Connell also of the same area married 23 Jan. 1852 at Dromtarriff. Any help would be appreciated. Reply to

Neil Barrow
As Tony Buckley 11/6/2012 points out the majority of English Buckleys originate from the Saddleworth - Oldham area. Saddleworth Historical Society has trees going back to the early 1600s. The Irish families & Cheshire families are separate. This is supported by the Buckley family site at ftDNA where the Saddleworth families fall into a different DNA type (haplogroup). There is also a Saddleworth surnames project at ftDNA. DNA testing will establish which area Buckley ancestors come from & both projects welcome participants.

Joan Buckley Whitley

My grandfather , many generations ago, came to America in 1735. We believe he is the same boy mentioned in "The Old Bailey On Line". They are the same age and the deportation of one is the arrival of the other in the US. We are looking for a United Kingdom connection.We are haplo group R1a1 and the Buckleys on the Ftdna site are not ours. I would love to hear from a Buckley relative that is our haplo group.Thanks

Emma Buckley
My great grandad came from Doneraile in Co. Cork to the UK and lived in Kent. His name.was Thomas Booth Buckley. I would be very interested to find any distant relatives.

joseph buckley
did he marry and have children

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