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Where did the English laxton family come from? What is the English laxton family crest and coat of arms? When did the laxton family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the laxton family history?

The origins of the laxton name come from when the Anglo-Saxon tribes ruled over Britain. The name laxton was originally derived from a family having lived in the region of Laxton. laxton 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.


Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname laxton include Laxton, Laxington, Lexton and others.

First found in Laxton, a small village in the civil parish of Laxton and Moorhouse which dates back to the Domesday Book [1] 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." [2] 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our laxton 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 laxton History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early laxton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

laxton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Sarah Laxton, a bonded passenger who came to Maryland in 1741

laxton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Fanny Laxton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Susannah" in 1849
  • James Laxton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Susannah" in 1849
  • John Laxton, aged 21, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Escort"


  • Brett William Laxton (b. 1973), American former Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1999 to 2000
  • William Harry "Bill" Laxton (b. 1948), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played in 1970
  • Cyril Laxton (1910-2006), and his brother Reg (1912-2006) were two of Britain's top swimming and diving coaches
  • Thomas Laxton (1830-1893), English plant breeder and a correspondent of Charles Darwin, best known for his hybridisation of peas and for Laxton's Superb, a variety of apple that was developed in 1897
  • Robert Laxton (b. 1944), English politician, member of Parliament for Derby North
  • Mr. Stewart Thomas Laxton (1923-1941), Australian Sick Berth Attendant 2nd Class from Pascoe Vale, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • David Laxton (b. 2011), Canadian politician, Speaker of the Yukon Legislative Assembly
  • Charles 'Charlie' Laxton (1890-1964), Australian rules footballer who played from 1912 to 1921 for Collingwood
  • Richard Laxton (b. 1967), British film director
  • William Laxton (1802-1854), British surveyor and author, co-author of the 19th century Builder's Price Book



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  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)

Other References

  1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  3. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  4. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  5. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  8. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  9. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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The laxton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The laxton Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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