The ancient roots of the laxtan family name are in the Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name laxtan comes from when the family lived in the region of Laxton.
laxtan is a habitation
names from the broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local
names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.
Early Origins of the laxtan family
The surname laxtan was first found in Laxton, a small village in the civil parish of Laxton and Moorhouse which dates back to the Domesday Book CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
where it was first listed as Laxintone, and probably came from Anglo-Saxon
Leaxingtun, which literally meant "farmstead or estate of the people of a man called Leaxa." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Laxton Castle is a late 11th- or early 12th-century Motte-and-bailey medieval castle located north of the village. Laxton Hall was originally built as a three-gabled brick manor house in the 1400s. Laxton is also a village and civil parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire
, but this latter village has remained small over the years.
Early History of the laxtan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our laxtan research.Another 167 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1240, 1376, 1442, 1544, 1500, 1556 and 1544 are included under the topic Early laxtan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
laxtan Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name laxtan has appeared include Laxton, Laxington, Lexton and others.
Early Notables of the laxtan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the laxtan family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name laxtan arrived in North America very early: William Laxon, who arrived at Jamestown, Vermont in 1607; as well as Sarah Laxton, a bonded passenger who came to Maryland in 1741.