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Spelling variations of this family name include: Oxenham, Ockenham, Oakhampton, Okhampton, Ockhampton, Ocksenham, Oksenham, Oxnam, Oxnum, Oxenum, Oxenam and many more.
First found in Devon 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,  indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the village and lands of Oakhampton, original called Ochenemitona, held by Baldwin the Sheriff of Devon, a Norman noble, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. There was a castle there which still remains with its Norman keep.
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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: William Oxenham, who arrived in Maryland in 1725; Ann Oxenham, who settled in Charles Town, SC in 1765; John Oxenham, who came to Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1766.
The Oakhampton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Oakhampton Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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