The Oxenden surname is thought to be a habitational name derived from any of several place names, such as Oxenden in Kent
. These place names come from the Old English local
description of the "valley of the oxen."
Early Origins of the Oxenden family
The surname Oxenden was first found in Kent
where they held a family seat
. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1170 in Essex
but Ailric Ockenden is thought to have been a branches of the old baronial family of Oxenden in Kent.
Early History of the Oxenden family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oxenden research.Another 315 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1330, 1607, 1660, 1661, 1455, 1487, 1614, 1686, 1645, 1651, 1703, 1620 and 1669 are included under the topic Early Oxenden History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Oxenden Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Oxenden include Oxenden, Ockenden, Okenden, Okendon, Oxendon, Oxenford, Wokenden, Ockendon and many more.
Early Notables of the Oxenden family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir Solomon Oxenden of Kent; Sir James Oxenden; and his son, Sir Henry Oxenden, 1st Baronet
(1614-1686), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Winchelsea (1645); and his... Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Oxenden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Oxenden family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Nelson Ockenden, who was on record in Oregon in 1850; as well as William Ockenden, who came to California in 1884.
Contemporary Notables of the name Oxenden (post 1700)
- Sir James James Oxenden (1641-1708), 2nd Baronet was an English politician
- Charles Oxenden (b. 1800), English amateur cricketer
- Sir Henry Henry Oxenden (1645-1709), 3rd Baronet was the British deputy-governor of Bombay during the British Raj
- Sir George George Oxenden (1620-1669), British first governor of the Bombay Presidency during the early rule of the British East India Company in India
- Ashton Oxenden (b. 1808), Canadian (English born) Anglican bishop, consecrated bishop of Montreal in 1869, and became primate of all Canada