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Where did the English Oxley family come from? What is the English Oxley family crest and coat of arms? When did the Oxley family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Oxley family history?

The roots of the Anglo-Saxon name Oxley come from when the family resided in the parish of Bysshebury in Staffordshire, where they held lands and a family seat at Oxley. Oxley is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. In this case the original bearers of the surname were the dwellers near the ox-meadow.


The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Oxley has been recorded under many different variations, including Oxley, Oxly, Oxleigh and others.

First found in Staffordshire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oxley research. Another 252 words (18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Oxley History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Oxley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Oxley or a variant listed above:

Oxley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Oxley settled in New Jersey in 1677
  • William Oxley, who landed in New Jersey in 1677

Oxley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Oxley, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
  • Margaret Oxley, who landed in Maryland or Virginia in 1730
  • Thomas and Margaret Oxley settled in Maryland in 1731

Oxley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Oxley her husband Thomas and daughter settled in Portsmouth Virginia in 1820
  • E. A. Oxley, aged 40, who settled in America from London, in 1894

Oxley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Annie Oxley, aged 20, who emigrated to America from Sheffield, in 1903
  • Alfred Oxley, aged 8, who settled in America from London, in 1905
  • Alfred Oxley, aged 42, who emigrated to the United States from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1907
  • Edith Oxley, aged 23, who landed in America from London, England, in 1911
  • Anna Oxley, aged 25, who landed in America from Killucan, Ireland, in 1914

Oxley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • George Oxley, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Mary Oxley, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1774


  • John C. "Jack" Oxley (b. 1937), American oilman, a Hall of Fame polo player (2005), Thoroughbred racehorse owner and breeder who won the Kentucky Derby (2001)
  • Michael Garver "Mike" Oxley (b. 1944), American politician
  • Philip John Oxley (b. 1965), former English cricketer
  • Mark Thomas Oxley (b. 1990), English footballer
  • David Oxley (1920-1985), English actor, best known for portraying Sir Hugo Baskerville in The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)
  • Tony Oxley (b. 1938), English free-jazz drummer and one of the founders of Incus Records
  • John Joseph William Molesworth Oxley (1783-1828), English explorer and surveyor of Australia in the early period of English colonization
  • Mr. H Oxley, British Steward, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Tanya Oxley (b. 1979), Barbados retired female track and field sprinter
  • Jeremy Saxon Oxley, Australian song-writer, singer and guitarist, best known as the leader of The Sunnyboys



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The Oxley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Oxley 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.

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