Buckley Family History

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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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Buckley Family Origin

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Buckley Family Occupations

What did your Buckley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Buckley occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 4% of Buckley's were Coal Miners. Coal Miner, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Buckley. A less common occupation for the Buckley family was Cotton Weaver .

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  • Coal Miner

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Cotton Weaver


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Buckley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 526,000 census records available for the last name Buckley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Buckley census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

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 UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

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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Buckley Life Expectancy

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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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