Boxall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Boxall comes from the family having resided in Boxhulle, in Sussex, or in Boxwell, in Gloucestershire. While most sources claim the Sussex location is the point of origin, Bardsley believes "this surname is derived from a geographical locality. 'of Boxwell,' a parish in Gloucestershire, six miles from Tetbury." [1]

Early Origins of the Boxall family

The surname Boxall was first found in Sussex at Boxhulle, "an ancient manor in Salehurst, among whose lords was Alan de Boxall, one of the earliest Knights of the Garter. " [2]

"This name is clearly traced to Boxhulle, an ancient manor in Salehurst, co. Sussex, among whose lords was Alan de Buxhall, one of the earliest Knights of the Garter. In this same county the name has been queerly varied to Boxall, Boxsell, Buckshell, Baxhall." [2]

Sir Alan Buxhall (1323-1381), Constable of the Tower. He was the "son of Alan Bokeshull, or Buxhull, the tenant in capite of a messuage now known as Bugzell, in the parish of Salehurst, Sussex and of other lands in the same county, and who also held the manor and church of Bryanstone, in Dorsetshire, all of which were, upon his death in 1325, inherited by his son Alan, then an infant two years old." [3]

Early History of the Boxall family

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Boxall Spelling Variations

Boxall has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Boxall, Buckshell, Boockshell, Boxull, Boxell, Boxhulle, Boxhall, Baxhall, Boxnell, Baxull, Boxsell, Bochshall and many more.

Early Notables of the Boxall family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Sir Allan Boxall of Salehurst; and John Boxall (died 1571), an English churchman and Secretary of State to Mary I of England...
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United States Boxall migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Boxalls to arrive on North American shores:

Boxall Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Boxall who arrived in Philadelphia in 1838

Canada Boxall migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Boxall Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Catharine Boxall, who arrived in Canada in 1832
  • Edward Boxall, who landed in Canada in 1832
  • George Boxall, who landed in Canada in 1832

Australia Boxall migration to Australia +

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

Boxall Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Boxall, English convict from Sussex, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Mr. John Boxall, British Convict who was convicted in Surrey, England for life, transported aboard the "Commodore Hayes" in April 1823, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • Charles Boxall, aged 18, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Stag" [6]
  • James Boxall, aged 20, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Stag" [6]
  • Henry Boxall, aged 25, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Surge" [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Boxall 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:

Boxall Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Boxall, aged 40, a plasterer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
  • Rose Boxall, aged 39, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
  • Annie Boxall, aged 9, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
  • Garibaldi Boxall, aged 7, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
  • Lizzie Boxall, aged 5, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Boxall (post 1700) +

  • Sir William Boxall (1800-1879), English painter and museum director, "son of an Oxfordshire exciseman, born on 29 June 1800" [8]
  • Margaret Boxall, English retired badminton player, gold medal winner
  • Richard Boxall (b. 1961), English former professional golfer
  • Michael Joeseph Boxall (b. 1988), New Zealand football defender
  • Sir Alleyne Percival Boxall (1882-1945), 2nd Baronet
  • Sir Alleyne Alfred Boxall (1855-1927), 1st Baronet
  • Arthur d'Auvergne Boxall (1895-1944), Australian artist

HMS Royal Oak
  • Edward A. Boxall, British Leading Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [9]


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  5. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retrieved 4th March 2021, retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/commodore-hayes)
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) STAG 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Stag.htm
  7. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SURGE 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/surge1852.shtml
  8. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 5 Feb. 2019
  9. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html


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