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Where did the English Moxham family come from? What is the English Moxham family crest and coat of arms? When did the Moxham family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Moxham family history?The Moxham family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from the name Megg, which is a pet form of the female personal name Margaret. The name Moxham is a metronymic surname, which is derived from the name of the mother, and features the common patronymic suffix -son, which was most popular in the north of England and superseded other patronymic suffixes during the 14th century.
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Moxham include Megson, Meggson, Meggison, Meggeson, Megginson, Meiggs, Meggenson, Meggy and many more.
First found in Oxfordshire where they held a family seat. Commonly used surname in ancient times, Meg-son was literallly the son of Meg or Margeret. The name proliferated in Oxfordshire where John Megge was recorded in 1273. However, the popularity of the name diminished and by the year 1500 had become somewhat obscure. Modifications such as Meggison emerged and included others as Meggotson, and so on but the main stem of the family name moved north to Northumberland.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Moxham research. Another 223 words(16 lines of text) covering the year 1379 is included under the topic Early Moxham History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Moxham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Moxham were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Moxham Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
The Moxham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Moxham Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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