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Where did the English Box family come from? What is the English Box family crest and coat of arms? When did the Box family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Box family history?

The origins of the Anglo-Saxon name Box come from its first bearer, who was a person with a jaundiced complexion. The Old English word box referred to a box-tree or box-wood, and in Old English use indicated a yellowish color. The surname Box may also refer to residence near a box-tree. The name may also indicate residence near the settlements of Box in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire, or Box Hall in Hertfordshire.

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The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Box has been spelled many different ways, including Boxe, Box and others.

First found in Wiltshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times. They held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Box, where there is an ancient Gothic church containing twelve bells, as well as a medicinal spring, the village also begins a railway tunnel one and three quarter miles long where the line proceeds to Bath. The name appears in the thirteenth century in the Rotunda Oblitus et Finibus.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Box research. Another 249 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1568 and 1586 are included under the topic Early Box History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Box Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Boxs to arrive in North America:

Box Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Anth Box, who arrived in Virginia in 1621-1629
  • John Box, who landed in Virginia in 1622
  • Benjamin and John Box who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Benj Box, who arrived in Virginia in 1634
  • Thomas, Box Jr., who arrived in Virginia in 1636


Box Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Anna Christina Box, who landed in America in 1725
  • Will and Mary Box with their two sons settled in Georgia in 1733
  • Mary Box, who arrived in Georgia in 1735
  • John Box settled in Georgia in 1774

Box Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Nelson Box, who arrived in Texas in 1835
  • John M Box, who landed in Texas in 1835
  • John, Box Jr., who arrived in New York in 1838
  • Reka Box, aged 47, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
  • S F Box, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851


Box Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Anselmo Box, who arrived in Arkansas in 1906

Box Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • James Box, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • Frederick Box arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1848
  • Hannah Box arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Ascendant" in 1849
  • William Box arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harry Lorrequer" in 1849
  • Hannah Box, aged 23, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Ascendant"


Box Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • John Box landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Aurora
  • Daniel Box landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1843
  • Thomas C. Box, aged 44, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
  • Sarah A. Box, aged 45, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
  • George Henry Box, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avalanche" in 1875

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  • William Box, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 3rd District, 1893-94
  • W. J. Box, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Mississippi, 1932 (alternate), 1940, 1948
  • Richard A. Box, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1988; Presidential Elector for Texas, 1992
  • John Calvin Box (1871-1941), American Democrat politician, County Judge in Texas, 1898-1901; U.S. Representative from Texas 2nd District, 1919-31
  • Glenn Box, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Texas 5th District, 1996
  • E. O. Box, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oklahoma, 1972
  • Charles E. Box, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Rockford, Illinois, 1989-2001; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1996
  • George Edward Pelham Box (b. 1919), English influential and pioneering statistician
  • Mr. Robert Aubrey Box (1922-1941), Australian Stoker 2nd Class from Newnham, Tasmania, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Donald Stewart Box (1917-1993), Welsh stockbroker and Conservative Party politician

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  • The Box Book with McElroy and Floyd by Mrs. Jeff Wade.
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  10. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
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The Box Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Box Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 11 December 2015 at 13:48.

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