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Origins of the Buckley surname

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What does the name Buckley mean?

Buckley is an English surname, and is believed to be geographical in nature. It most often thought to have been given to those who came from one of the places across England called 'Buckley' (in Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Cheshire). The northern Buckleys are almost entirely believed to stem from the Cheshire grouping.

Alternative variations of the name Buckley

Buckley, Bucklie, Buckleigh, Buckly, Bookly

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Where do most Buckleys live?

In 1921, most Buckleys lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Buckleys

How common is your surname?

225th most common surname in the UK

We have 160,000 records for the Buckley surname. The oldest one dates back to 1532.

Who were Buckleys most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Buckley first names?

  • John
  • James
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Buckleys

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Buckleys in 1921
Cotton Weaver








Domestic Servant


Common Male occupations for Buckleys in 1921
Coal Miner


General Labourer


Cotton Spinner


Cotton Piecer




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