Meaning and Origin of: Barclay

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Old English : Birch meadow

Last name origin & meaning:

  • Scottish : habitational name of English origin, from Berkeley in Gloucestershire, named in Old English with be(o)rc ‘birch’ + lēah ‘woodland clearing’.
  • The surname was brought to Scotland from southwest England in the 12th century; Walter de Berchelai or Berkelai was Chamberlain of Scotland in 1165.