Updated June 9, 2019

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Family name origins & meanings

  • English : probably a variant of Exley or Oxley.
  • Americanized spelling of German Echsle or Öchsle, from a diminutive of Middle High German ohse ‘ox’, applied as a nickname for someone dealing with oxen (especially a plowman), or a habitational name for someone who lived at a house distinguished by the sign of an ox.