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Oxford Surname Origin

(Locality). From Oxford, in England, on the Isis, the seat of the celebrated university founded in 806; from Ox, Anglo-Saxon, water, corrupted by the Angles or Danes from the Gaelic uisge or isk, and ford, a pass or way--the ford across the Isis. Bailey derives it from Oxen-ford, 'the ford of the oxen,' like the Greek Bosphorus, or from the river Ouse, and ford. The name of the river Ouse is derived from uisge, water.

Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.

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