Early Origins of the Oxbridge family
The surname Oxbridge 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
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.
Early History of the Oxbridge family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oxbridge research.Another 163 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1316, 1572, 1642, 1634, 1537, 1508, 1574, 1595, 1638, 1621, 1624, 1616, 1604, 1611, 1638, 1608, 1674 and 1670 are included under the topic Early Oxbridge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Oxbridge Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Oxenbrig, Oxenbridge, Oxbrigg, Oxbridge and others.
Early Notables of the Oxbridge family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Goddard Oxenbridge (d. 1537), who is buried in St George church, Brede, East Sussex; Robert Oxenbridge (1508-1574), English MP for Sussex; Sir Robert Oxenbridge (1595-1638),an English landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons (1621 to 1624)... Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Oxbridge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Oxbridge family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Oxenbridge, who arrived in Bermuda in 1635; as well as a bearer of Oxenbridge, who arrived in New England