Boxwell is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in Boxhulle
, in Sussex
, or in Boxwell
, in Gloucester.
Early Origins of the Boxwell family
The surname Boxwell 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. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Boxwell family
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Boxwell Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Boxwell family name include Boxall, Buckshell, Boockshell, Boxull, Boxell, Boxhulle, Boxhall, Baxhall, Boxnell, Baxull, Boxsell, Bochshall and many more.
Early Notables of the Boxwell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Boxwell family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Boxwell surname or a spelling variation of the name include: James Boxall who arrived in Philadelphia in 1838; another James arrived 5 years later.
Contemporary Notables of the name Boxwell (post 1700)
- Alexander Boxwell (1852-1923), American politician, Member of the Ohio House of Representatives (1890-1899), Speaker of the Ohio House (1894-1896)