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

The ancestors of the name Saxon date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in the village of Saxton in the West Riding of Yorkshire. This place-name was originally derived from the Old English Seaxe tun which literally means Saxon village.

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Saxon has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Saxton, Saxon, Sefton, Sephton, Septon, Sexton and others.

First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Saxon research. Another 201 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1540 and 1610 are included under the topic Early Saxon History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 43 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Saxon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Saxon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 151 words(11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Saxons to arrive on North American shores:

Saxon Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Anne Saxon, who landed in Maryland in 1680
  • John Saxon, who arrived in Maryland in 1680

Saxon Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Samuel Saxon, who landed in New York, NY in 1754

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  • John Saxon (b. 1936), born Carmine Orrico, American actor
  • Sky "Sunlight" Saxon (1937-2009), American rock and roll musician
  • Rolf Saxon (b. 1955), American actor
  • Edward Bradley Saxon (b. 1956), American film producer
  • Lyle Saxon (1891-1946), American respected New Orleans writer, and journalist
  • David S. Saxon (1920-2005), American physicist and educator
  • Charles David Saxon (1920-1988), American cartoonist
  • James Saxon (1955-2003), British character actor
  • Kate Saxon, British freelance theatre director


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The Saxon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Saxon 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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