The surname of BOXE was a locational name 'of Box' a parish in the county of Wiltshire, seven miles from Chippenham. There is also a place of the name in County Gloucestershire. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. This could also have been an occupational name for a worker in a wood, and in some cases it was even a nickname for a person with pale or yellow skin, for example as a result of jaundice, with reference to the colour of box wood.
Early records of the name mention BOXE (without surname) who was listed as a tenant in the Domesday Book of 1086. The name was documented as La Box in Gloucestershire in 1182 and Elena de la Box was recorded in the year 1273 in the County of Gloucestershire. Martin Box was sheriff of London in the year 1283. Edwin de Boxe was documented during the reign of Edward III (I327-1377). John de la Boxe, 1327 ibid. Sampson Box of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Most of the European surnames were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The process had started somewhat earlier and had continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the tenth and eleventh centuries people did not have surnames, whereas by the fifteenth century most of the population had acquired a second name. Later instances of the name include Henry Box of County Oxford, registered at Oxford University in 1600. Isaac Eve and Elizabeth Boxe, were married in London in the year 1615. William Box and Charity Holmes were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in the year 1623. Priscilla Box was buried at St. Michael, Cornhill, London in the year 1743.
The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.
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