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 13th century when they held estates in that shire.
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Hextall has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Hextall Hextale, Heckstall, Heckstal, Extall, Extell, Extale, Hexstall, Exstall, Heckstall, Heckstal and many more.
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Hextalls to arrive on North American shores:
Hextall Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Eliza Hextall, aged 40, who settled in America from England, in 1892
- Salena Hextall, aged 11, who landed in America from England, in 1892
Hextall Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Frederick Hextall, aged 26, who landed in America from Burton on Trent, England, in 1907
- Frank S. Hextall, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from Croydon, England, in 1921
Hextall Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- John Hextall, aged 52, who settled in Calgary, Canada, in 1912