Oxborrow History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Oxborrow family

The surname Oxborrow was first found in Norfolk where the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Oxborough, held by Ralph de Limsey, a Norman noble who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. Listed as Oxborrow at that time, the lands contained 2 Mills, a fishery, and 180 sheep. [1]

Literally the place name means "fortification where oxen are kept," from the Old English words "oxa" + "burh." [2]

Today, Oxburgh is a parish, in the union of Swaffham, hundred of South Greenhoe, [3] Oxborough Hall was erected during the reign of Edward IV. This moated country house has been held by the Bedingfeld family by marriage before 1446 and is now owned by the National Trust.

The first record of the family was found in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 as William de Oxeburgh in Norfolk. [4] A few years later, the Writs of Parliament of 1316 listed Nicholas de Oxeburgh, also in Norfolk. [5]

Early History of the Oxborrow family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oxborrow research. Another 131 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1316, 1988, 1450, 1300, 1611, 1678, 1659, 1623, 1586, 1597 and 1614 are included under the topic Early Oxborrow History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Oxborrow Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Oxborough, Oxenborough, Oxenberry, Oxborrow, Oxenbury, Oxbury, Ocksenbury, Oxbrow, Oxbury, Oxbry, Oxberry, Oxburgh, Oxburg, Oxenbrig, Oxenbridge, Oxbrigg and many more.

Early Notables of the Oxborrow family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Laurence Oxburgh (1611-1678), an English landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1659. Thomas Oxborough (died 1623)...
Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Oxborrow Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Oxborrow family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Jno Oxbrow, who was on record in Virginia in 1672; Elizabeth Oxborough, a bonded passenger, who came to Barbados or Jamaica in 1716; Alexander Oxbury, who came to New York, NY in 1762.


Contemporary Notables of the name Oxborrow (post 1700) +

  • Allen Oxborrow, American postmaster of Allred in 1911, now a ghost town in Nye County, Nevada
  • Mitchell Tony Oxborrow (b. 1995), Australian footballer for Perth Glory in the A-League, member of the Australia U-17 National Team in 2011 and the Australia U-20 National Team (2012-)


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


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