The ancient history of the Loxley name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in the region of Loxley
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Loxley is a topographic
surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation
names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Loxley family
The surname Loxley was first found in Staffordshire
at Loxley, a liberty, in the parish and union of Uttoxeter, S. division of the hundred
of Totmonslow. Alternatively the family could have originated in the parish of Loxley in Warwickshire
. The latter was listed in the Domesday Book
of 1086 as Locheslei CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and literally meant "woodland clearing of a man called "Locc," from the Old English personal name
+ "leah." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Interestingly, "Charles I. slept at the old mansion-house of Loxley the night before the battle of Edge-Hill, and many of those who were slain in the engagement were buried in the churchyard here." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Richard de Lokesley, taillour, temp. 14 Edward III was listed in the Freemen of York and the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list Thomas de Lokeslay. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
John de Lokkesleye was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Worcestershire in 1275 and a few years later, John de Loxelegh was listed in the Feet of Fines for Surrey (1315-1316.) CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early History of the Loxley family
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Loxley Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Loxley include Loxley, Lockley, Locksley and others.
Early Notables of the Loxley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Loxley family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Loxley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Smart Loxley, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842
- William Smart Loxley, aged 25, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nelson" in 1842
- William Loxley, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edwin Fox" in 1875
Contemporary Notables of the name Loxley (post 1700)
- Herbert "Bert" Loxley (1934-2008), English footballer and manager
- Alicia Loxley (b. 1981), née Gorey, an Australian journalist and news presenter