name Claxson comes from the baptismal name Klaus,
(Nicholas). Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames. Furthermore, the suffix son
was frequently added to such names which in this case would have been derived from son of Klaus
or son of Nicholas.
Early Origins of the Claxson family
The surname Claxson was first found in Long Clawson, sometimes referred to as Claxton, a small village in Leicestershire
. The village dates back to before the Domesday Book
where it was recorded as Clachestone part of Framland Wapentake
and held by Robert the Usher CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
. As far as the surname is concerned, the first record of the name appears in Middlesex where they held a family seat
as early as 1340. Clays le Taburer is mentioned as being Minstrel to the King and later, during the reign of King Henry IV the name emerged as Clayson in the form of Henry Clayson. By 1328 the name had migrated north to Scotland
when Johanes Clayson was Chamberlain. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed.
Early History of the Claxson family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Claxson research.Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1336, 1407, 1364, 1370, 1370, 1373, 1380, 1392, 1382, 1389, 1392 and 1399 are included under the topic Early Claxson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Claxson Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Claxson were recorded, including Clayson, Clawson, Claxson, Claison, Clason, Clisson and many more.
Early Notables of the Claxson family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Olivier de Clisson (1336-1407), a Breton
soldier, distinguished himself at the Battle of Auray (1364), where he lost an eye in the fighting, and earned the nickname
"Butcher" because his troops were ordered to take no prisoners, due to differences he went over to the... Another 227 words (16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Claxson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Claxson family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Claxson family emigrate to North America:
Claxson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Abraham Claxson, aged 17, who landed in Bermuda in 1635 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)