Show ContentsHixon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hixon was spawned by the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture that ruled a majority of Britain. It comes from the baptismal name Richard. As the naming tradition grew in Europe baptismal names began to be introduced in many countries. Baptismal names were sometimes given in honor of Christian saints and other biblical figures. There are very few Christian countries in Europe that did not adopt surnames from these religious figures.

Early Origins of the Hixon family

The surname Hixon was first found in Staffordshire at Hixon, a village in the borough of Stafford. The places dates back to before the Domesday Book [1] where it was listed as Hustedone and was held by the Bishop of Chester. By 1130, the village was named Hutchtesdona. The place was derived from the Old English personal name "Hick" + "dun" and literally means "hill of a man called Hydt". [2]

Early History of the Hixon family

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Hixon Spelling Variations

Hixon 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. Many variations of the name Hixon have been found, including Hickson, Hixon and others.

Early Notables of the Hixon family (pre 1700)

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Hixon Ranking

In the United States, the name Hixon is the 5,267th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [3]

Ireland Migration of the Hixon family to Ireland

Some of the Hixon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Hixon migration to the United States +

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 Hixons to arrive on North American shores:

Hixon Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Joe and Ralph Hixon, who arrived in Virginia in 1642
  • Joan Hixon, who landed in Virginia in 1653 [4]
Hixon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • T. P. Hixon, who settled in America, in 1892
  • T. P. Hixon, aged 27, who immigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • William Hixon, aged 7, who landed in America from Co. Kerry, in 1893
  • Michael Hixon, aged 18, who settled in America from Co. Kerry, in 1893
  • Patrick Hixon, aged 45, who landed in America from Co. Kerry, in 1893
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Hixon Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Hilton Hixon, aged 2, who immigrated to America from S. Kitts, in 1903
  • Mr. Charles Edward Hixon, (b. 1879), aged 25, Cornish shopping clerk from Helston, Cornwall, UKtravelling aboard the ship "St Paul" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 17th January 1904 en route to New York, USA [5]
  • George C. Hixon, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • Ellen J. Hixon, aged 40, who immigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • John Hixon, aged 23, who landed in America from Southampton, England, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Hixon migration to Australia +

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

Hixon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Hixon, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Elizabeth" in 1849 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hixon (post 1700) +

  • Michael Hixon (b. 1994), American diver. He is a two-time Olympic medalist, he won the silver medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics and the silver medal at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo
  • Brandon Anotone Hixon (1981-2018), American politician, Member of the Idaho House of Representatives (2012-2017)
  • Jared H. Hixon, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Cadillac, Michigan, 1877-86; Mayor of Cadillac, Michigan, 1886-87 [7]
  • James Augustus Hixon, American politician, Mayor of Americus, Georgia, 1896-1900
  • Curtis Hixon (b. 1956), American politician, Mayor of Tampa, Florida, 1943-56; Died in office 1956
  • Albert F. Hixon, American politician, Postmaster at Old Town, Maine, 1849-52
  • Stan Hixon (b. 1957), American Wide Receiver Coach for the Washington Redskins
  • Ken Hixon, American Edgar Allan Poe Award nominated screenwriter
  • Michael Hixon (b. 1994), American bronze medalist diver at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics
  • Alexander Paul "Lex" Hixon (1941-1995), American author, poet, and spiritual teacher

The Hixon Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fide et fortitudine
Motto Translation: By fidelity and fortitude.

  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)
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from
  6. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ELIZABETH 1849. Retrieved from
  7. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, November 24) . Retrieved from on Facebook