Bloxam History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Bloxam surname is derived from a place name, such as Bloxham in Oxfordshire and Bloxholm in Lincolnshire, both of which are recorded in Domesday Book.

Early Origins of the Bloxam family

The surname Bloxam was first found in Oxfordshire, at Bloxham, a parish, in the union of Banbury, hundred of Bloxham. Bloxham or Bloxholme is also a parish, in the union of Sleaford, wapentake of Flaxwell, parts of Kesteven in Lincolnshire. [1]

Of the former, the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 attest the origin there: William de Blocesham, Oxfordshire; Alexander de Bloxam, Oxfordshire; Alan de Bloxham, Oxfordshire; and Geoffrey de Bloxham, Oxfordshire. [2]

As far as the Lincolnshire records are concerned, the Placita de Quo Warranto, temp. Edward I-III listed the following "20 Edward I" (during the twentieth year of King Edward I's reign): Alexander de Bloxham, Lincolnshire; Geoffrey de Bloxholme, Lincolnshire; and Matilda de Bloxholme, Lincolnshire. [2]

Another early record of the family was John Bloxham (d. 1334), a Carmelite, educated at Oxford. "He entered the Carmelite community at Chester, and finally rose to be provincial of the order in England. He was in high favour with Edward II and Edward III, by both of whom he was employed in important missions in Scotland and Ireland. He was energetic in promoting the interests of his order and in reforming abuses, which he found during his tours of inspection, both in Scotland and Ireland, as well as in England. He died at Oxford about the year 1334, and was buried there. " [3]

Early History of the Bloxam family

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Bloxam Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Bloxam has undergone many spelling variations, including Blossom, Blossome, Bloxam, Bloxham, Bloxsome, Blossun, Bloyan, Bloxholmedax, Bloxen and many more.

Early Notables of the Bloxam family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Bloxam family to Ireland

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United States Bloxam migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Bloxam were among those contributors:

Bloxam Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Bloxam, who settled in New England in 1742

Australia Bloxam migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Bloxam Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John William Bloxam (b. 1806), aged 28, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 28th June 1831, sentenced for 7 years for stealing 5 pieces of bacon from William Searle, transported aboard the ship "Isabella" on 22nd November 1831 to New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Mr. Thomas Bloxam, English convict who was convicted in Leicester, Leicestershire, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Eden" on 8th July 1840, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [5]

New Zealand Bloxam migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Bloxam Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Charles R. Bloxam, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Kenilworth" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 2nd May 1857 [6]
  • Mr. Bloxam, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Epsom" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 10th August 1863 [6]

West Indies Bloxam migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [7]
Bloxam Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Nicholas Bloxam, who settled in Barbados in 1635

Contemporary Notables of the name Bloxam (post 1700) +

  • John Rouse Bloxam (1807-1891), English academic and clergyman
  • Andrew Bloxam (1801-1878), English clergyman and naturalist
  • John Francis Bloxam (1873-1928), English author and churchman
  • Matthew Holbeche Bloxam (1805-1888), English antiquary and writer, authority on English architecture

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th October 2021). Retrieved from
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
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