Early Origins of the Exten family
The surname Exten was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. 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. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 12th century when they held a family seat in Kingston in that shire.
Early History of the Exten family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Exten research.Another 297 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1091, 1399, 1538, 1327, 1455, 1487, 1600, 1665, 1631 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Exten History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Exten Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Exten has been spelled many different ways, including Hexte, Hext, Heckst, Hekst, Exte, Ext, Eckst and others.
Early Notables of the Exten family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Exten family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Extens to arrive in North America: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..