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Where did the English Oxnard family come from? What is the English Oxnard family crest and coat of arms? When did the Oxnard family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Oxnard family history?

The name Oxnard was originally an occupational name derived from the Old English words "oxan" meaning oxen and "hierde" for herdsman.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Oxnard, Oxnerd, Oxnird, Oxenard, Oxenerd, Oxenherd, Ocksnard and many more.

First found in Yorkshire where early records reveal that William Oxenerd held estates in that shire in 1201. He was succeeded by Johannes Oxinhird who was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax records of 1379. By 1600 they held a family seat at Skipton, a market town and civil parish within the Craven district of North Yorkshire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oxnard research. Another 348 words(25 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1604, 1650, and 1729 are included under the topic Early Oxnard History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Oxnard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..

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  • Henry Oxnard, American founder of American Crystal Sugar Co, eponym of Oxnard, California, the 121st largest city in the United States


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  10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
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The Oxnard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Oxnard 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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