Early Origins of the Moxan family
The surname Moxan was first found in Suffolk
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of lands in that shire Siward Mocesun, a Norman noble who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086. He also held at Bury. He was of Calvados in Normandy.
Early History of the Moxan family
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Moxan Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Moxon, Mockson, Moxom, Moxsom, Moxson, Mokeson, Moakson, Mokson and many more.
Early Notables of the Moxan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Moxan family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: George Moxon, who came to New England
in 1637; Robt. Moxon, who came to Virginia in 1732; Martha Moxon, who arrived in New York in 1831; as well as C. W. Moxon, who arrived in San Francisco in 1852..