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Where did the English Maxson family come from? What is the English Maxson family crest and coat of arms? When did the Maxson family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Maxson family history?

The history of the Maxson family name begins after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Sussex. Their name, however, is thought to be derived from a location in Normandy called Argenson, which would have been used as a name in its local form, D'Argenson, meaning from Argenson. The location, however, like many small settlements of the time, has been lost to the map in contemporary times. It is likely that the M now appears as the first letter of the name in most cases due to confusion with the similar metronymic name meaning son of Margaret.

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Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Margesson, Margeson, Margerison, Margetson and many more.

First found in Sussex where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Maxson research. Another 187 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Maxson History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Maxson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Maxson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 147 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Maxson name or one of its variants:

Maxson Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Richard Maxson, who came to Boston in 1634

Maxson Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Samuel Maxson, who came to San Francisco in 1850
  • Samuel Maxson, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850

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  • Louis William Maxson (1855-1916), American archer who competed at the 1904 Summer Olympics
  • Eileen Maxson (b. 1980), American interdisciplinary artist
  • Alvin Earl Maxson (b. 1951), former American football running back
  • Robert C. Maxson, former president of Sierra Nevada College
  • Herbert Burdell Maxson (1850-1927), American miner and civil engineer in Arizona
  • William Maxson (1930-2013), American Air Force Major General and vice commander


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Loyalité me lie
Motto Translation: Loyality binds me.

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The Maxson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Maxson Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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