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Buckley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the many places so named, most of which are from Old English bucc ‘buck’, ‘male deer’ or bucca ‘he-goat’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’. Places called Buckley and Buckleigh, in Devon, are named with Old English boga ‘bow’ + clif ‘cliff’. English: possibly a variant of Bulkley, from the local pronunciation. Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Buachalla ‘descendant of Buachaill’, a byname meaning ‘cowherd’, ‘servant’, ‘boy’. Altered spelling of German Büchler (see Buechler), or of Büchle, a variant of Buechel.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Beckley, Bickley, Buckey, Buckler, Bulley, Brackley, Buckle, Hockley

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Where is the Buckley family from?

You can see how Buckley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Buckley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Buckley families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 138 Buckley families living in New York. This was about 30% of all the recorded Buckley's in USA. New York had the highest population of Buckley families in 1840.
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What did your Buckley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Buckley. 12% of Buckley men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Buckley women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Buckley were Clerk and Housekeeper. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
  • Clerk
  • Housekeeper
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There are 72,000 immigration records available for the last name Buckley. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 67,000 military records available for the last name Buckley. For the veterans among your Buckley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Buckley lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Buckley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Buckley in 1941 was 39, and 74 in 2004.

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