Klaxon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Klaxon is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in Claxton, a small village in the county of Durham. It is generally believed that a branch of the Norman family of Heriz, settled here and assumed the local name. The surname is derived from the Old English word clacs-tun which literally means those who lived near the clayey soil.
Early Origins of the Klaxon family
The surname Klaxon was first found in Durham where it is believed the first reference of the name was found. There are three other listings of the place name in the Domesday Book: Claxton, or Long Clawson (Clachestone) in Leicestershire, Claxton (Clakestona, Clarestona) in Norfolk, and Claxton (Claxtorp) in North Yorkshire.  In Norfolk, Claxton Castle was built in 1333 in the village of Claxton, but it was largely demolished in the 17th century to build Claxton Hall. Today, Claxton is also a village and civil parish in the Ryedale district of North Yorkshire, England.
Important Dates for the Klaxon family
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Klaxon 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 Klaxon 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 Klaxon include: Claxton, Claxon, Klaxon, Klaxton and others.
Early Notables of the Klaxon family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Laurence Claxton or Clarkson (1615-1667), sectary, was "born at Preston, Lancashire, in 1615. He was brought up in the faith of the church of England. In an age of Puritanism his conscience was afflicted, among other things...
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Migration of the Klaxon family
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. 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 Klaxon or a variant listed above: Abraham Claxton who settled in Bermuda in 1635; George Claxton settled in New England in 1767; John and Sarah Claxton settled in Maryland in 1739.
- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)