Baxlay is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in Sussex
and Buckingham. The Baxlay surname is a habitational name derived from any of various places named Beckley, such as those in Kent
, and Sussex
. The place name Beckley comes from the Old English name becca
with the Old English word leah,
meaning a clearing in the forest.
Early Origins of the Baxlay family
The surname Baxlay was first found in Sussex
and Buckingham where they held a family seat
from early times.
Early History of the Baxlay family
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Baxlay Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Baxlay family name include Beckley, Beckly, Bistley, Bickley and others.
Early Notables of the Baxlay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Baxlay family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Baxlay surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Richard Beckley who arrived in Boston Massachusetts in 1637; Sarah Bickley settled in Maryland in 1740; Richard Bickley settled in Virginia in 1624.