The ancestors of the bearers of the Klaxton family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found 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 Klaxton family
The surname Klaxton 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
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
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
Early History of the Klaxton family
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Klaxton Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Klaxton include Claxton, Claxon, Klaxon, Klaxton and others.
Early Notables of the Klaxton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Klaxton family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Klaxton 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.