Meaning and Origin of: Buckley

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Old English : Meadow of deer

Last name origin & 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’ + lēah ‘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.