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Spelling variations of this family name include: Oxenden, Ockenden, Okenden, Okendon, Oxendon, Oxenford, Wokenden, Ockendon and many more.

First found in Kent where they were anciently seated. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Nelson Ockenden, who was on record in Oregon in 1850; as well as William Ockenden, who came to California in 1884.

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Some noteworthy people of the name Oxendine
  • John W. Oxendine (b. 1962), American politician, Insurance Commissioner of Georgia
  • Ken Qwarious Oxendine (b. 1975), former professional American football player

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