Akerley is Anglo-Saxon, the name of a place. It neans Acer-Leah. Acer means cultivated land so the name would apply to a field. Leah means clearing in a forest and was typically added to Acer when the original land was extended by forest clearance. The origin of the name is Akeley, a village in Buckinghamshire, UK. There may have been other similar named villages that have since vanished, but currently there only appears to be one. This probably means that all Akeley families are descended from a sinlge family that settled in the "field" many many years ago. Spelling differences are to be expected, by the way, since before 1650 no one really knew how to spell many surnames so they made it up as they went along. This created many different spellings of the same name.