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About the Buckley surname

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.

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I married a Buckley 1964, Robert Kent Buckley. His mother told me the great-grand-parents immigrated to NZ from Limerick in southern Ireland. One was catholic,the other Protestant. They decided to let the future children make their own decvision regarding which Faith they would follow. They settled around Wanganui,where some of their decendants still remain. My mother-in-law was born Olive May Buckley.She was a very had working woman & helped her husband break in wild scrub land to farm. That same farm today isthriving under a son Doug at Raetihi,near wanganui.