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Medieval Yardley
Name Variants

The name TUCK - LEY is a two part name which suggests that it may have been a place name.

The first part of the name “TUCK” is possibly a form of TUK which is of Viking origin.

The second part of the name LEY occurs regularly in place names in both Staffordshire and Warwickshire in the form of Lea, Lee, Ley, Leigh, Leahe . These Counties had vast areas of woodland and “LEY” usually referred to a meadow or clearing in a wood. In Birmingham there are many suburbs with place names ending in “ley” for example Hockley, Shirley , Yardley, Stirchley, Moseley, Tyseley [Tisseleye] but unfortunately no Tukkeley.There is a refernce to a Tuckley field in the land transactions of Yardley between 1559 and 1687.

The earliest reference to the place name Yardley or Gyrdleahe [yer-lee] occurs in 972 when it was a small hamlet in the Forest of Arden so in theory the Tuk family might have been established at that time..

The origin of the name starts perhaps with an understanding of our genes and DNA analysis for the Willenhall Staffordshire Locksmiths descendents has revealed that we are descendents of the Norse Vikings. The genes are similar to those found in people living in Norway, Iceland and in the islands of Scotland such as Orkney, Shetland and the Outer Hebrides.

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