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Oxbray Early Origins



The surname Oxbray was first found in Norfolk 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, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
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 the lands of Oxborough, held by Ralph de Limsey, a Norman noble who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. The lands contained 2 Mills, a fishery, and 180 sheep.

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Oxbray Spelling Variations


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Oxbray 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.

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Oxbray Early History


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Oxbray Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oxbray research. Another 261 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1316, 1988, 1450, 1300, 1611, 1678 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Oxbray History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Oxbray Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Oxbray Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Oxbray Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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.

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Citations


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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  2. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  6. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  7. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
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The Oxbray Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Oxbray 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.

This page was last modified on 12 November 2012 at 16:00.

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