Welcome to the Binkley Name Study

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Surnames/tags: Binggeli Binckele Binkley
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Our Goals

This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about the surname Binggeli and the variants of that name. The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect. We're beginning here with Peter Binggeli/Binckele and his descendants, but 'representatives of all Binkley families, whatever the spelling, are welcome to add to this page.

How To Join Us

  1. Project Leadership Contact: Julie R.
  2. Send a trusted list request to this profile
  3. Add the Binkley Name Study category and appropriate geographic category to your profile and any open Binkley profiles you manage or come across.
  4. Add your questions to the bulletin board
  5. Add details of your own research (make your own free space research page if needed)
  6. Request to join our Google Group, WTBinkleys

Current Study Members

  1. Elizabeth Harris
  2. Steven Hennings
  3. Summer Binkley Orman
  4. Bruce Fosnocht
  5. Mary Mynatt
  6. Tim Miller
  7. Elisabeth Gatlin
  8. Eric Weddington

Binkley Name Study Project Pages

  1. Communication and Issues
  2. Binkley Brick Walls
  3. Binkley Cemeteries, listing by state.
  4. Line 1 - Peter Binggeli and Anna Maria Werle
  5. Line 2 - Peter Binggeli and Anna Geiger
  6. Binkley Name Study Project Images

Adding Profiles to the Project

When adding a profile to the project, please add the correct geographical category to the profile. Example: [[Category:Germany, Binkley Name Study]] or [[Category:Tennessee, Binkley Name Study]]. This helps keep the profiles organized by location. For a list of categories, please see here.

Note: Top categories are organized by country. "Category: United States, Binkley Name Study" contains the individual states.

For unsourced Binkley profiles, please add the template {{Unsourced|Binkley Name Study}} which adds the profile directly to the Binkley Name Study Unsourced Category Page.

For Binkleys who have no parents or parents cannot be located, add [[Category:Binkley Unconnected]] to the profile. This adds them to a certain category so people can search there to try and make connections.

Binkley on WikiTree

  1. Index to Binkley
  2. Index to Binggeli
  3. Index to Binckele
  4. Index to Binkele

Binkley Surname Origins

Binggeli is a Swiss name. Following the death of his father, Christian, Peter Binggeli, born 1704 in Guggisberg (Canton of Bern), moved to Alsace, France in 1717. [1] In Alsace, the name was spelled Binckele and this spelling continues through the church records in German in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and North Carolina. In 1725, Peter married and began what would become a large family. [2] In 1736, Peter took his family, and along with other "Awakened" families, immigrated to the New World. After arriving in Philadelphia, in September of 1736, Peter and his family settled in Pennsylvania. In 1748, his wife, Anna Maria, died. She had given birth to 14 children. Peter remarried in 1749, and continued to add to his family. Peter became a member of the Moravian Church in 1750. In 1772, The family moved to the Moravian settlement of Wachovia in North Carolina. By the end of his life, he had fathered 23 children. [1].

The Binkley spelling starts to appear in the North Carolina civil records, which were in English, in the late 1700s. Moravian records for Peter are consistently Binckele, but his children and more often, his grandchildren, became known as Binkley.

The records of the ship that brought Peter and his family to America, record the name as Pinkley, Pinkelie, Binckley, Pinckly, Bingly, Binckly, and Pinckley [3]

Name Variations

Banckly, Bankley, Benackle, Benckle, Benckli, Benkley, Benackle, Benckly, Benckle, Bickel, Bickle, Binackle, Binckli, Bincelli, Bincellie, Binckle, Binckley, Binckly, Binckeley, Binckele, Bincklie, Bingli, Bingle, Bingley, Binkli, Binkle, Binackel, Blinkley, Brinkley, Brinkele, Brinkeley, Brinckl, Brinckie, Bruckly, Bruckli, Brickle, Bruckly, Pinckli, Pinckle, Pinckelie, Pinkley, Pingle and Pingley, Hennings-109 00:29, 29 May 2016 (EDT)

Binkley Name Distribution

  1. Binkley Maps at World Names - (copyright forbids reproduction of images but linking is acceptable) Binkley-335 18:42, 5 June 2016 (EDT)
  1. Binkley Name History on Ancestry - with Maps - (copyright forbids reproduction of images but linking is acceptable) Binkley-335 18:44, 5 June 2016 (EDT)

Earliest Known Settlements

  1. Switzerland
  2. France
  3. Pennsylvania
  4. Maryland
  5. North Carolina
  6. Tennessee

DNA Studies

  1. Binkley DNA on Family Tree DNA
  2. Binkley DNA Connections on WikiTree
  3. Summer Binkley Orman - GEDMatch ID A239508

Binkley Descendants on WikiTree

  1. Summer Binkley Orman
  2. Eric Weddington

Unconnected Binkleys

See the Binkley Unconnected category for profiles that are not yet connected to the main Binkley family tree.

Below are profiles that are not currently in the category, mostly because they are not Open profiles (and have not been added to the category).

  1. Marjorie E. Binkley
  2. Hooper Binkley
  3. Ray Binkley See source cited in the public comments. b. August 14, 1924, Lima, OH, d. December 25, 2015, Dayton, OH. Parents are Ray and Neva (Long) Binkley.
  4. ?? Elias Binkley
  5. May Binkley Rainey 1871-1921
  6. Martha Ellen Binkley
  7. Rosella Frances Flory (Binkley) - 1781-1949
  8. Jonathan Binkley b. 1820

Binkley Research Resources

  1. Guild of One Name Studies, home page
  2. Binkley Branches, Sara Binkley Tarpley
  3. Binkley Research Database Finder
  4. Binkley Military Records in the United States (searchable by name, date, war/conflict, and more)
  5. Ellis Island, Binggeli Immigration Lists, late 1800s-mid 1900s


The lineage of the Binkley last name in the United States can be traced from two brothers, and another man who may or may not be related:


  • Maps created at Ancestry, using census records from 1840-1920
  1. 1.0 1.1 Memoir of Brother Peter Binkele, Bethania Church Book, transcribed by Dr. Adelaide L. Fries, Archivist, Salem Moravian Archives.
  2. Dr. James G. Binkley, "Binkley Family" (1956).
  3. Record of Arrivals of the Binkleys in America. D. F. Binkley of Calgary, Alberta, Canada (1951).

G2G Discussions

  1. Naming Conventions
  2. Invitation to Join

Images: 2
Photos + Image 1961
Photos + Image 1961

Binkley Name Study Image 1
Binkley Name Study Image 1


On 28 Aug 2016 at 19:52 GMT Summer (Binkley) Orman wrote:

Hi Eric, you know you can use Category:Binkley Unconnected instead of making a list on the page, right? It is much easier to just place the category on the page than to keep up with a list.

That list was mainly for in the beginning before our categories were all set up. Many of us have been so focused in this or other projects that we didn't maintain the project page very well. - Summer

On 22 Aug 2016 at 15:27 GMT Eric Weddington wrote:

I changed the "Lineage Section" to have it point to the two separate Binkley Name Study Project pages. This is so they don't have to be updated in two different places, here and on the Name Study Project pages.

On 17 Aug 2016 at 12:58 GMT Eric Weddington wrote:

You can add me to the "Binkley Descendants on WikiTree".

On 30 Jul 2016 at 17:59 GMT Summer (Binkley) Orman wrote:

Hi everyone, I just wanted to let you all know that I will be going through and making some categorization corrections over the next week or so. The name studies project has specific ways to categorize; i was contacted by the categorization leader about one of my other name studies, and asked to conform my categories to the proper naming conventions. They didn't ask me to correct what I'd already done, but i feel I probably should. So, over the next few weeks I'll be working on correcting Binkley categorization. Instead of Binkleys in TN, I will be correcting to Tennessee, Binkley Name Study...and so forth. Nobody has to help out with this, I created the categories initially, so I'll take responsibility for correction. It may take some time though, so i wanted to inform you all!

On 7 Jun 2016 at 21:18 GMT Anon Ellerbrock wrote:

Hi Binkley researchers! I have a few Binkley profiles (from Ohio), but they're not particularly close family, and I am quickly nearing the 5000 limit on my watchlist... I think they've all got the name study category on them thus far, so I may try to put any other info/sources I can on them and then orphan them - please feel free to adopt if you're able (but obviously I understand if you, too, have too many profiles already!)

On 5 Jun 2016 at 02:43 GMT Summer (Binkley) Orman wrote:

If someone doesn't like the background, just let me know and I can remove it. I just got bored with looking at plain white!

On 3 Jun 2016 at 14:35 GMT Summer (Binkley) Orman wrote:

All - Upper WikiTree management emailed me and said the following: "There isn't a technical reason that can't be used that way, just like preferred and middle names and anything else can be."

So....We ARE allowed to use both names in the Proper first name field. I am perfectly fine with it since we received their blessing!!!!

On 3 Jun 2016 at 11:00 GMT Elizabeth (Holder) Harris wrote:

Many of the 23 children died young. I suppose it's good to have a space for each of them, though, since there has been a great deal of confusion in the past of the ones whose names are duplicated. I like what you've done with the outline under 2 PATRIARCH, but let's add them in order. I can work on this later today.

On 3 Jun 2016 at 04:14 GMT Summer (Binkley) Orman wrote:

Okay, there are about 252 Binkleys in our category now. We can begin to compile our known lineages. We can create a free space page for each and every one of his 23 kids if needed!!, then link them all here. It doesn't matter how we do it! I think the key though, is communicating.

On 2 Jun 2016 at 19:25 GMT Elizabeth (Holder) Harris wrote:

That's a very useful and complete article. Thank you! But I would go with the following sentence with respect to what we ought to have in WikiTree: "Or better yet, the program should have a setting whereby both given names are always used together in tandem in the computer generated text when referring to an individual."

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