Number of inhabitants (1 Jan 2003): 29.358; area: 115,37 km². Settlements:
Beugen, Boxmeer (seat), Groeningen, Holthees, Maashees, Oeffelt, Overloon,
Rijkevoort, Sambeek, Vierlingsbeek, Vortum-Mullem.
Boxmeer is a merger of the former municipalities of Boxmeer,
a part of Wanroij (Rijkevoort) (1 Jan 1994), and Vierlingbeek
(1 Jan 98) (The rest of Wanroij went to Sint Anthonis).
The original name of Boxmeer was Mheer. In the 13th century
Jan Boc was lord of this village. So the village-name and the lord's name
were united in Boc'smeer - Boxmeer (Buck's lake). The buck returned
first in the Coat of Arms, later in the flag (adopted 9 Mar 1999). Mr. Boc, however,
had a fierce lion depicted on his Coat of Arms. Somewhere in time and space the
lion was eaten by a buck... (see the
Boxmeer municipal website)
Franc van Diest, 10 Feb 2002