The name Bixley has a long Anglo-Saxon
heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in the town of Bickley in the county of Devon
. This place-name is derived from the Anglo Saxon personal name Bicca
and the Old English word leigh,
meaning wooded area.
Early Origins of the Bixley family
The surname Bixley was first found in Devon
, where they had been from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Bixley family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bixley research.Another 205 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1661, 1754, 1415, 1426, 1529, 1518, 1596, 1569, 1585, 1586, 1596, 1582, 1670, 1623, 1681, 1644, 1687, 1667 and 1746 are included under the topic Early Bixley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bixley Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Bixley have been found, including Bickley, Bickle, Bickler, Bickleigh, Bigley, Bigly, Biglay and many more.
Early Notables of the Bixley 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; Thomas Bickley (1518-1596) was an English churchman, a Marian exile... Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bixley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bixley family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Bixley, or a variant listed above:
Bixley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- E Bixley, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1856 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Bixley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Charles Bixley, aged 23, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Lismoyne"