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BURKEL was a locational name 'of Buckley', a parish in St. Albans, in the County of Hertfordshire. Local names derived from a place name indicating where the man held land, or from the place from which he had come, or where he actually lived. These local surnames were originally preceded by a preposition de, at, by, in, etc. At the end of the last century the vast majority of the numerous families of this name in Ireland were concentrated in the province of Munster. The name is still one of the hundred most common names in Ireland. The name is also spelt BURKLE, BUCKLE, BUCKLEY and BOCKLEY. Early records of the name mention David de Buckelay of the County of Yorkshire in 1273 and at the same time Michael de Bokele of the County of Suffolk. Christian de Bukkelegh of the County of Lancashire in 1332. The will of Lady Katherine Bulkeley is noted to have said "I, Caterine Bulkley, of Chedale...geve and bequethe unto Sir Richard Buckley, Knight, my nephewe, my best table clothe of diapr'" in the year 1559. Abraham Buckley of County Lancashire, was registered at Oxford University in 1589. Born in 1780 was the 'Wild White Man of Australia' better known as William Buckley, a huge English convict who lived for 32 years with a tribe of aborigines after being transported to Australia in 1802 for stealing. He moved to Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) where he died in 1856. During the Middle Ages, when people were unable to read or write, signs were needed for all visual identification. For several centuries city streets in Britain were filled with signs of all kinds, public houses, tradesmen and even private householders found them necessary. This was an age when there were no numbered houses, and an address was a descriptive phrase that made use of a convenient landmark. At this time, coats of arms came into being, for the practical reason that men went into battle heavily armed and were difficult to recognise. It became the custom for them to adorn their helmets with distinctive crests, and to paint their shields with animals and the like. Coats of arms accompanied the development of surnames, becoming hereditary in the same way.

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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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