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The ancestors of the name Buxton date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Buxton family lived in the region of Buxton parishes in the diocese of Southwell and Norwich. It may also be derived from the town in Derbyshire where in Old English it was known as Buchestanes, meaning bowing stones.

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The surname Buxton was first found in Derbyshire. However, the parish of Rushford in Suffolk was of particular significance to the family. "Schadwell Park, the seat of the family of Buxton, is a handsome mansion in the Elizabethan style, recently new fronted with Caen stone, and considerably enlarged; the park is richly wooded, and in the grounds is St. Chad's Well, anciently much frequented by pilgrims on their route to the shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. The living is in the patronage of the Buxton family." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Buxton are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Buxton include: Buckston, Buxton, Buckstone and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Buxton research. Another 233 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1562, 1588 and 1929 are included under the topic Early Buxton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Buxton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Buxton or a variant listed above:

Buxton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Buxton in Salem Massachusetts in 1630
  • Anthony Buxton, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1637
  • John Buxton settled in Virginia in 1637
  • Jon Buxton, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
  • Robert Buxton, who arrived in Virginia in 1645
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Buxton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Elizabeth Buxton who settled in Potomac Maryland in 1729
  • John Buxton, who landed in America in 1760-1763
  • Grace Buxton settled in west New Jersey in 1773
  • Grace Buxton, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773

Buxton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Buxton, who arrived in Mississippi in 1843
  • M F Buxton, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Aaron Buxton, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850

Buxton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • T. Buxton, aged 30, a merchant, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Augusta" from Liverpool, England

Buxton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Buxton, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Thomas Buxton, a wheelwright, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • George Buxton, aged 15, a buston, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Calphurnia"
  • Edward Buxton, aged 12, a buston, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Calphurnia"
  • William Buxton, aged 19, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Indian"
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Buxton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Henry Buxton landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Harry Bridger Buxton, aged 39, a gardener, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adelaide" in 1858
  • Mary Ann Buxton, aged 33, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adelaide" in 1858
  • Sophia Buxton, aged 9, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adelaide" in 1858
  • John Buxton, aged 5, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adelaide" in 1858
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  • Glen Edward Buxton (1947-1997), American musician, and guitarist for the Alice Cooper band, co-writer of "School's Out", "I'm Eighteen" and "Elected"
  • Frank Buxton (b. 1930), American actor, television writer, author, and television director, best known as host and producer of Discovery from 1962 to 1966 and for his work on Hot Dog for NBC which won a Peabody Award
  • Byron Keiron Buxton (b. 1993), American Major League Baseball outfielder for the Minnesota Twins
  • Ian Ray Buxton (1938-2010), English footballer and cricketer
  • Dave Buxton (b. 1952), English jazz pianist and composer
  • Charles Roden Buxton (1875-1942), English philanthropist and radical British Liberal Party politician, third son of Sir Thomas Buxton, 3rd Baronet
  • Rev. Barclay Fowell Buxton (1860-1946), English evangelical Christian missionary in Japan
  • Adam Offord Buxton (b. 1969), English comedian, writer and actor who with Joe Cornish form the comedic duo Adam and Joe
  • Charles Buxton (1823-1871), English brewer, philanthropist, writer, third son of Sir Thomas Buxton, 1st Baronet
  • Angela Buxton (b. 1934), English two-time gold medalist tennis player
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Buxton Historic Events



HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Michael Aurio Buxton, British Lieutenant, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
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  • The Buxtons of Warren by J. J. Donovan.
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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  4. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  6. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  7. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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