Boxley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Boxley date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Boxley family lived in Sussex and Buckinghamshire. [1] The Boxley surname is a habitational name derived from any of various places named Beckley, such as those in Kent, Oxfordshire, and Sussex. The place name Beckley comes from the Old English name becca with the Old English word leah, meaning a clearing in the forest. [2]

Early Origins of the Boxley family

The surname Boxley was first found in Suffolk where Ralph de Beckele was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls for 1211. Later, Richard de Beckele was found in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1327 and later again, John Beklay was listed as a Freeman of York in 1446. [3]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had two listings for the family: Thomas de Beckelegh, Oxfordshire; and Henry de Beckcle, Oxfordshire. [4]

Early History of the Boxley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boxley research. Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1661, 1622, 1689, 1753, 1438 and 1291 are included under the topic Early Boxley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Boxley Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Boxley are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Boxley include: Beckley, Beckly, Bistley, Bickley and others.

Early Notables of the Boxley family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include William Beckley (died 1438), an English Carmelite, born in Kent, probably in the neighbourhood of Sandwich, where he appears to have entered the order of the Carmelites in early life. While still young he proceeded to Cambridge, where the Carmelites had a house since the year 1291. Here he seems to have taken his doctor's degree in divinity, and to have established a considerable reputation as a theologian. Bale...
Another 74 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Boxley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Boxley family

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Boxley or a variant listed above: Richard Beckley who arrived in Boston Massachusetts in 1637; Sarah Bickley settled in Maryland in 1740; Richard Bickley settled in Virginia in 1624.


Contemporary Notables of the name Boxley (post 1700) +

  • David Albert Boxley (b. 1952), American artist from the Tsimshian, father of David Robert Boxley
  • Seamus Boxley (b. 1982), American professional basketball player who plays for Spirou Charleroi of the Belgian League
  • George Boxley (1780-1865), American white abolitionist and former slaveholder who allegedly tried to coordinate a slave rebellion on March 6, 1815 in Spotsylvania, Virginia
  • David Robert Boxley (b. 1981), Alaskan artist and totem-pole carver
  • Clifford M. Boxley, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1988 [5]
  • John "Jack" Boxley (b. 1931), English footballer who played from 1950 into the 1960s
  • David Boxley (1890-1941), English footballer who played for Stoke from 1919 to 1920


  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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