The Moxham family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from the name Megg,
which is a pet form of the female personal name Margaret.
The name Moxham is a metronymic
surname, which is derived from the name of the mother, and features the common patronymic
which was most popular in the north of England
and superseded other patronymic suffixes during the 14th century.
Early Origins of the Moxham family
The surname Moxham was first found in Oxfordshire
where they held a family seat
. Commonly used surname in ancient times, Meg-son was literally the son of Meg or Margeret. The name proliferated in Oxfordshire
where John Megge was recorded in 1273. However, the popularity of the name diminished and by the year 1500 had become somewhat obscure. Modifications such as Meggison emerged and included others as Meggotson, and so on but the main stem of the family name moved north to Northumberland
. It was here at Whalton that a " barony was conferred by the Conqueror upon Walter Fitz-William, to be held by the service of three knights' fees. It was afterwards possessed by the Fitz-Rogers, Fitz-Roberts, and others 3 in the reign of James I. was held by the crown 3 and was subsequently granted to the Meggison family. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Moxham family
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Moxham Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Moxham include Megson, Meggson, Meggison, Meggeson, Megginson, Meiggs, Meggenson, Meggy and many more.
Early Notables of the Moxham family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Moxham family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Moxham were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Moxham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Joseph Moxham, who arrived in New England in 1675 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Moxham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Thomas Moxham, aged 23, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "David McIvor"
Contemporary Notables of the name Moxham (post 1700)
- David Moxham, American actor, known for The Leftovers (2014), Revolution (2012) and Love's Labour's Lost (2016)
- Dan Moxham, British director and writer from Bristol who won the Dillon Gallery Award, Belfast and the Digital Arts Studios Award, Belfast, 2016
- Jennifer Moxham, British actress and producer, known for Payback Season (2012), To Trend on Twitter (2018) and Rosamunde Pilcher's Shades of Love (2010)
- Andrew Moxham (b. 1976), Canadian two-time Edmonton International Film Festival Award winning cinematographer from Toronto, known for Hastings Street (2014), White Raven (2015) and Hot Rod (2007)
- George Churchill Moxham (1892-1955), Canadian businessman and politician from Halifax, Nova Scotia who represented Vancouver Centre in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia from 1953 to 1955
- Roy Moxham (b. 1939), British writer, author of historical books highlighting little known historical facts from Eveham, Worcestershire
- Thomas Robert "Tom" Moxham (1860-1916), Australian politician from Parramatta, Member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for Parramatta (1901–1916)
- Philip Moxham and Stuart Moxham, Welsh co-founders of Young Marble Giants, a post-punk band formed in Cardiff, Wales in 1978