Meaning and Origin of: Barclay

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Old English : Birch meadow

Family name origins & meanings

  • 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.