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The ancestry of the name Faxon dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in Foxton, a place-name found in several locations in England. There are Foxtons in Cambridgeshire, Durham and Leicestershire, where the name is derived from the Old English portion fox, which means fox, and tun, which meant farm or enclosure. The name as a whole meant "farm where foxes are often seen." There is another Foxton, in Durham. The suffix has a different root, though. It was called Foxdene about 1170; it meant "valley where there are foxes," from the Old English word dene, which meant valley. Finally, there is a place called Foxdon; it meant "hill where there are foxes," the suffix is derived from the Old English word dun, which meant "hill."

Faxon Early Origins



The surname Faxon was first found in Cambridgeshire at Foxton, a small village in South Cambridgeshire. The village dates back to at least the Domesday Book where it was listed as Foxetune, land held by the Church of Chatteris, part of the Thriplow hundred. It was large enough to hold 8 ploughs with 16 villans (peasants), 11 borders with 6 ploughs [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
The place literally means "farmstead where foxes are seen." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Foxton is also a small village in Durham, and in Leicestershire. The Durham village dates back to about 1170 when it was listed as Foxedene, while the Leicestershire village is also listed in the Domesday Book as Foxtone.

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Faxon Spelling Variations


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Faxon Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Faxon have been found, including Foxton, Foxtown, Foxtoun, Foxon and others.

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Faxon Early History


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Faxon Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Faxon research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 127 and 1273 are included under the topic Early Faxon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Faxon Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Faxon Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Faxon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Faxon, or a variant listed above:

Faxon Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Faxon, who landed in Braintree, Massachusetts in 1653
  • Rich Faxon, who landed in Virginia in 1662
  • Richard Faxon, who landed in Virginia in 1663

Faxon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Benheinich Faxon, who arrived in Georgia in 1735

Faxon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Faxon, who arrived in New York, NY in 1826

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Contemporary Notables of the name Faxon (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Faxon (post 1700)



  • Nat Faxon, American actor, comedian and Academy Award-winning screenwriter
  • William H. Faxon, American politician, U.S. Consul in Curaçao, 1874
  • William Faxon, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Hartford, Connecticut, 1881
  • Walter A. Faxon, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Warren County, 1861
  • Thomas J. Faxon, American politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Lenawee County, 1847
  • Leonard G. Faxon, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Cairo, Illinois, 1858-60
  • James Faxon, American politician, U.S. Consul in Curaçao, 1864-70
  • Jack Faxon (b. 1936), American Democrat politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives 15th District, 1965-70; Member of Michigan State Senate, 1971-94 (7th District 1971-82, 15th District 1983-94)
  • George Faxon, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1936
  • Elisha Faxon, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Stonington, 1822-23
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  3. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  4. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  5. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  6. 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).
  7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  10. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  11. ...

The Faxon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Faxon 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.

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