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Where did the English Sexton family come from? What is the English Sexton family crest and coat of arms? When did the Sexton family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Sexton family history?The name Sexton has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived 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.
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Sexton have been found, including 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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sexton research. Another 201 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1540 and 1610 are included under the topic Early Sexton History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 43 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sexton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Sexton 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.
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Sexton, or a variant listed above:
Sexton Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Sexton Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Sexton Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Sexton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sexton 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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