Origins Available: English
The name is derived from the Old English "boecestre" which was a feminine form of the word "baker."
Early Origins of the Baxstair family
The surname Baxstair was first found in Devon
where a Liueger se Bacestere was listed in 1093. Other early records include a Hannah Bakestre in the Chester Assize Rolls of 1260, and a William le Baxtere in the Suffolk
Feet of Fines for 1333.
Early History of the Baxstair family
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Baxstair Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Baxstair family name include Baxter, Bakster, Baxster, Baxstair, Baxstare and others.
Early Notables of the Baxstair family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Baxstair family to Ireland
Some of the Baxstair family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Baxstair family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Baxstair surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Daniel Baxter, who settled in New England
in 1638; Eleanor Baxter, who arrived in Virginia in 1642; Barnaby Baxter, who settled in Maryland in 1774; and Henry Baxter, a bonded passenger who arrived in Maryland in 1744..