Recorded as Lockie, Lockey, Luckie, Luckey, ands others, this is an English surname. It is of medieval origin and a diminutive form of the surname Lucas, itself the Roman form of the Greek 'Loucas'. The name means the man from Luciania, formerly a region in Southern Italy named as meaning bright and shining! The given name Luke also derives from this source, and the name Lucas owes its popularity in the Middle Ages to St. Luke the Evangelist. In the modern idiom the variants include Luck, Look, Lugg, and the diminutives, Luckett, Locket, Lockitt, Lockie and Lockey. Amongst the sample recordings in London are the christenings of John Gregory Lockie on November 30th 1766 at St. Mary's, St. Marylebone, and Sarah Lockey on March 1st 1767 at St. Dunstan's, Stepney. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Everard Lucas, which was dated 1153-1185, in the records of the Knight Templars (Crusaders) of England in the 12th Century. This was during the reign of King Henry 11nd, known as "The Builder of Churches", 1154-1189. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was sometimes 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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