The surname MacKson is a habitation name, adopted from the name of the Parish of Maxton, in the Scottish Borders. The Parish name is believed to come from the "tun" or "homestead" of Maccus, believed to have been a Saxon settler, he is recorded as living in the area in 1116. The place name has appeared written as Mackeston, Mackiston, Maxston, Maxtun, Maccuston, Maxtoun and eventually as Maxton in 1580.
Early Origins of the MacKson family
The surname MacKson was first found in Roxburghshire
, where they held a family seat
in their territories. The Norman influence on Scottish history considerably influenced the crown and government in the period between King Malcolm Ceanmore (1058-1093) and King David (1124-1153). Many Norman nobles were either invited or escaped into Scotland
following the example of Margeret, wife of Malcolm Ceanmore, who actively recruited these Normans
to their court. Maccus, son of Undewyn was believed to have followed King David north and was granted the lands of Maxton. Early instances of the name include Adam de Macston, 17th Abbot of Melrose, and Peter of Makeston, who held a family seat in Huntingdon
in 1200. Later Maxton passed to the Berkleys then to the Normanvilles.
Early History of the MacKson family
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MacKson Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Maxton, Maxtone, Mackston, Makston, Makeston, Maxston, Maxon, Mackson and many more.
Early Notables of the MacKson family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacKson family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
MacKson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Noah Mackson, who settled in Rhode Island in 1812
- Noah Mackson, aged 31, who arrived in Rhode Island in 1812 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
The MacKson Motto
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: Providus esto
Motto Translation: Be thou circumspect.