The ancestors of the name Leckston date back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Leckston family lived in the region of Laxton.
Leckston 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 Leckston family
The surname Leckston 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 Leckston family
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Leckston 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 Leckston 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. The variations of the name Leckston include: Laxton, Laxington, Lexton and others.
Early Notables of the Leckston family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Leckston family to the New World and Oceana
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 Leckston or a variant listed above: William Laxon, who arrived at Jamestown, Vermont in 1607; as well as Sarah Laxton, a bonded passenger who came to Maryland in 1741.