Bloxsome History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Bloxsome 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 Bloxsome family

The surname Bloxsome 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]

Important Dates for the Bloxsome family

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

Bloxsome 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 Bloxsome has undergone many spelling variations, including Blossom, Blossome, Bloxam, Bloxham, Bloxsome, Blossun, Bloyan, Bloxholmedax, Bloxen and many more.

Early Notables of the Bloxsome family (pre 1700)

Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bloxsome Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Bloxsome family to Ireland

Some of the Bloxsome 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.

Migration of the Bloxsome family

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 Bloxsome were among those contributors: Joseph Bloxham who settled on the Potomac in 1729; John Bloxam settled in New England in 1742; Nicholas Bloxam settled in Barbados in 1635; Anne Blossom settled in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1629.

Contemporary Notables of the name Bloxsome (post 1700)

  • Mike Bloxsome, British author from Newport, known for his autobiography of Peter Freeman, English politician
  • M Bloxsome, British tennis player at the 1907 and 1909 Wimbledon Championships

Citations

  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
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