Bixler History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Bixler is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when a family lived in the town of Bickleigh in the county of Devon. This place-name is derived from the Anglo Saxon personal name Bicca meaning pickaxe, and the Old English word leigh, meaning wooded area.

Early Origins of the Bixler family

The surname Bixler was first found in Devon, at Bickleigh, a parish, in the union of Tiverton, hundred of Hayridge, 4 miles from Tiverton. [1] Bickleigh is also a parish, in the union of Plympton St. Mary, hundred of Roborough in Devon. [2]

Bickley is a township, in the parish of Malpas, union of Nantwich, Higher division of the hundred of Broxton, S. division of the county of Chester. [3]

Early History of the Bixler family

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Bixler 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 Bixler family name include Bickley, Bickle, Bickler, Bickleigh, Bigley, Bigly, Biglay and many more.

Early Notables of the Bixler family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: John Bickley, Member of the Parliament for Huntingdon in 1415 and 1426; John Bickley, Member of the Parliament for Stafford in 1529; Sir Francis Bickley, 1st Baronet (c. 1582-1670); Sir Francis Bickley, 2nd Baronet (c. 1623-1681); Sir Francis Bickley, 3rd Baronet (1644-1687); and Sir Francis Bickley, 4th...
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Bixler Ranking

In the United States, the name Bixler is the 5,420th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [4]

United States Bixler migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, 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 Bixler surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Bixler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Fred Bixler, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1859 [5]
  • Mrs. David Bixler, aged 38, who landed in America from London, in 1892
  • William Bixler, aged 54, who immigrated to the United States, in 1893
  • Mrs. D. Bixler, aged 50, who immigrated to America, in 1896
Bixler Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • D.H. Bixler, aged 29, who immigrated to the United States, in 1904
  • Grace Simon Bixler, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1904
  • Henry Bixler, aged 1, who immigrated to the United States from Estancia, in 1906
  • James W. Bixler, aged 49, who immigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • Julius S. Bixler, aged 16, who landed in America, in 1910
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Contemporary Notables of the name Bixler (post 1700) +

  • Julius Seelye Bixler (1894-1942), President of Colby College, Maine (1942 to 1960)
  • Russell Bixler (1927-2000), American founder, chairman of the board, and chief executive officer of Cornerstone Television, Inc
  • Dallas Denver Bixler (1910-1990), American gymnast, Olympic champion at the 1932 Summer Olympics
  • Denny J. Bixler (1940-1981), American politician, former Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
  • Harris Jacob Bixler (1870-1941), American politician, Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania
  • Paul O. Bixler (1907-1985), American college football player, coach, and administrator
  • Brian Joseph Bixler (b. 1982), American Major League Baseball player
  • Dustin Bixler (b. 1982), American soccer player
  • Floyd Bixler McKissick (1922-1991), the first African American student at the University of North Carolina, American civil rights advocate and author
  • Cedric Bixler Zavala (b. 1974), Grammy Award-winning Mexican-American musician

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  3. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
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  5. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook