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Early Origins of the Haxton family

The surname Haxton was first found in Northumberland at Haggerston, a township, in the parochial chapelry of Ancroft, union of Berwick-upon-Tweed, Islandshire. The place name was listed as Agardeston in 1196 and literally meant "estate of a family called Hagard," from the Middle English or Old French surname + "tun." [1]

The earliest record of the surname was "Robert de Hagrestone, Lord of Hagreston in 1399, although a Robert de Hagardeston occurs in 1312. It has been supposed that this family is of Scottish extraction." [2]

Another reference states: "This place, which contains a number of scattered houses, gave name to a family by whom it was held at a very early period, and of whom Thomas Haggerston was colonel of the famous Northumberland regiment in the service of Charles I., and was created a Baronet by that king in 1643. Haggerston Castle is an old family mansion, built on the site of a more ancient castle, which was burnt down in 1618. " [3]

The original Haggerston Castle was in fact first mentioned on this site in 1311 when Edward II visited the castle and again in 1345. It was granted a licence (1343-1334) to crenellate by Edward III. There is another local named Haggerston, now a place in the London Borough of Hackney, but this local has no relationship with the surname.

Early History of the Haxton family

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Haxton Spelling Variations

The name Haxton, appeared in many references, and from time to time, the surname was spelt Haggerston, Hagreston, Halkerston, Halkerstone, Hawkerston, Haxton, Hackston and many more.

Early Notables of the Haxton family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Robert Haggerston, Lord of Haggerston in the year 1312; and the infamous David Hackston or Halkerstone (died 1680), a militant Scottish Covenanter, remembered mainly for his part in the murder of Archbishop James Sharp of St. Andrews in 1679. In 1642 Sir Thomas Haggerston was created the first baronet of Haggerston in the Baronetage of England. He held Haggerston Castle, but by 1785 Sir...
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Ireland Migration of the Haxton family to Ireland

Some of the Haxton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Haxton migration to the United States +

The New World beckoned as many of the settlers in Ireland, known as the Scotch/Irish, became disenchanted. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Amongst the early settlers who could be considered kinsmen of the Haxton family, or who bore a variation of the surname Haxton were

Haxton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mary Haxton, aged 47, who landed in America, in 1892
  • Frederic Haxton, aged 0, who landed in America, in 1893
Haxton Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alex Haxton, aged 26, who immigrated to the United States from Hamilton, Scotland, in 1907
  • Andrew Haxton, aged 29, who immigrated to America from Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1907
  • Jeanie Haxton, aged 2, who settled in America from Hamilton, Scotland, in 1907
  • Henry Haxton, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Gerald Haxton, aged 18, who settled in America from London, England, in 1910
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Australia Haxton migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Haxton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Euphemia Haxton, Scottish convict who was convicted in Edinburgh, Scotland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Elizabeth and Henry" on 14th September 1846, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Haxton (post 1700) +

  • Wick C. Haxton (b. 1949), American theoretical nuclear and astrophysicist
  • Kelly Haxton (b. 1982), Canadian female football defender, winner of the silver medal with the Canadian women's national soccer team at the 2003 Pan American Games

  1. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  3. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 13th March 2022). Retrieved from on Facebook