Boxsell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Boxsell is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived 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 Boxsell family

The surname Boxsell 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 Boxsell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boxsell research. Another 86 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1280, 1855, 1927, 1882, 1945, 1571 and 1542 are included under the topic Early Boxsell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Boxsell Spelling Variations

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. Boxsell has been spelled many different ways, including Boxall, Buckshell, Boockshell, Boxull, Boxell, Boxhulle, Boxhall, Baxhall, Boxnell, Baxull, Boxsell, Bochshall and many more.

Early Notables of the Boxsell 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...
Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Boxsell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Canada Boxsell migration to Canada +

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 Boxsells to arrive in North America:

Boxsell Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Albert Boxsell, aged 19, who landed in Montreal in 1848

Australia Boxsell migration to Australia +

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

Boxsell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Richard Boxsell (1829-1878), English settler to Australia abaord the ship "Kate" in 1839, settling at Kangaroo Mountain, New South Wales in 1855

Contemporary Notables of the name Boxsell (post 1700) +

  • Des Boxsell, Australian founder of Boxsell Hydroponics, Brisbane, Queensland


  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. ^ Lower, 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


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