Maxson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The surname Maxson 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 Maxson family

The surname Maxson 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.

Important Dates for the Maxson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Maxson research. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1285 and 1745 are included under the topic Early Maxson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Maxson Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Maxton, Maxtone, Mackston, Makston, Makeston, Maxston, Maxon, Mackson and many more.

Early Notables of the Maxson family (pre 1700)

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

Maxson migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Maxson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Maxson, who settled in Boston in 1634
Maxson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Maxson, who settled in San Francisco in 1850
  • Samuel Maxson, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Maxson (post 1700)

  • William Maxson (1930-2013), American Air Force Major General and vice commander, awarded the Silver Star Medal, two AFDs, three Legions of Merit, DSS and the DFC medal
  • Stephen Clark Maxson, American behavior geneticist and professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Connecticut
  • Robert C. Maxson (b. 1936), American academic, former president of Sierra Nevada College
  • Louis William Maxson (1855-1916), American gold medalist archer who competed at the 1904 Summer Olympics
  • Herbert Burdell Maxson (1850-1927), American miner and civil engineer in Arizona, Deputy United States surveyor for Nevada
  • Eileen Maxson (b. 1980), American interdisciplinary artist, first recipient of the Arthouse Texas Prize
  • Alvin Earl Maxson (b. 1951), former American football running back from Beaumont, Texas who played from 1974 to 1978

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  1. ^ 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)
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