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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

  • Giles Sexton, who landed in New England in 1630
  • Peter Sexton, aged 20, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Robt Sexton, aged 24, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • John Sexton, who came to Virginia in 1635
  • Richard Sexton, who was on record in Boston Massachusetts in 1635

Sexton Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Eliza Sexton, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • Luke Sexton, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746

Sexton Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • James Sexton, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1830
  • M Sexton, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • B M Sexton, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Michael Sexton, who landed in Mississippi in 1859


  • Ann Sexton (b. 1950), American soul singer
  • Anne Sexton (1928-1974), American poet awarded the 1967 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
  • Brendan Sexton III (b. 1980), American film actor
  • Chad Sexton (b. 1970), American rock drummer
  • Charlie Sexton (b. 1968), American guitarist, singer and songwriter
  • Chelsea Sexton (b. 1975), American advocate of alternative fuel vehicles
  • Colleen Sexton, American folk singer and songwriter
  • Lee Sexton (b. 1927), American Banjo Player
  • Leo Sexton (1908-1968), American 1932 Olympic athlete in the shot put
  • Major-General William Thaddeus Sexton (1901-1983), American Commanding General 5th Division (1955-1956)



  • The Sexton Family of Scott County, Tennessee by Robert Lee Bailey.

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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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