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Exton Early Origins



The surname Exton 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.

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Exton Spelling Variations


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Exton Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Exton 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. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Exton include: Hexte, Hext, Heckst, Hekst, Exte, Ext, Eckst and others.

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Exton Early History


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Exton Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Exton 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 Exton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Exton Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Exton Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Exton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Exton or a variant listed above:

Exton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Willi Exton, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Geo Exton, who arrived in Virginia in 1643

Exton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Exton, who arrived in Virginia in 1713

Exton Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • E Exton, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907
  • J Exton, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907
  • William Exton, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Exton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Timothy Exton, aged 21, a farm labourer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
  • Mark Exton, aged 39, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1879
  • Jane Exton, aged 36, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1879
  • Rosa Exton, aged 11, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1879
  • Walter Exton, aged 9, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1879

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Contemporary Notables of the name Exton (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Exton (post 1700)



  • William T. Exton, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Mercer County, 1894-95
  • Joseph Exton, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Hunterdon County, 1839-40
  • Harold Exton, English mathematician at University of Central Lancashire
  • Rodney Noel Exton (1927-1999), English cricketer
  • Clive Exton (1930-2007), born Clive Jack Montague Brooks, a British television and film screenwriter

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. 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).
    2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    3. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    4. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    6. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    8. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    11. ...

    The Exton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Exton Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 19 October 2015 at 11:14.

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