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The Bloxham 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 Bloxham family

The surname Bloxham 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 Bloxham family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bloxham research. Another 118 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1621, 1712, 1725, 1779, 1387 and 1375 are included under the topic Early Bloxham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bloxham Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Bloxham has been recorded under many different variations, including Blossom, Blossome, Bloxam, Bloxham, Bloxsome, Blossun, Bloyan, Bloxholmedax, Bloxen and many more.

Early Notables of the Bloxham family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Bloxham family to Ireland

Some of the Bloxham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Bloxham migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Bloxham or a variant listed above:

Bloxham Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Bloxham who settled on the Potomac in 1729

Contemporary Notables of the name Bloxham (post 1700) +

  • William Bloxham (1835-1911), American politician, two time Florida Governor
  • Tom Bloxham MBE, English award winning property developer
  • Ken Bloxham (1954-2000), New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • Josh Bloxham (b. 1990), New Zealand basketball player
  • Jenny Bloxham, New Zealand politician, Member of the New Zealand Parliament from 1996 to 1999

  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 on Facebook