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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.
Oxford Surname Meaning and Family Facts
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A Oxford Family History Thought:
'It is indeed a desirable thing to be well-descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors.' -- Plutarch