Anglo-Saxon name Axley comes from the family having resided in the parish of Bysshebury in Staffordshire, where they held lands and a family seat at Oxley. Axley is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. In this case the original bearers of the surname were the dwellers near the ox-meadow.
Early Origins of the Axley family
Staffordshire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Axley family
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Axley Spelling Variations
hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Oxley, Oxly, Oxleigh and others.
Early Notables of the Axley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Axley family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Axleys to arrive on North American shores:
Axley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Axley (post 1700)
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