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Type Surname (from location)
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. BECK-lee  [key]

Meaning & History

This surname was taken from an English habitational name from any of the various places, in Kent, Oxfordshire, and Sussex, named Beckley whose name was derived from the Old English byname Becca and the Old English lēah "woodland clearing".
Alternatively, however, Beckley is also an Anglicized spelling of the South German and Swiss topographic names Bächle and Bächli which are diminutives of the German word Bach "brook".
Added 3/17/2013 by armydad3_8
Edited 5/2/2015 by Frollein Gladys