The roots of the Anglo-Saxon
name Lexton come from when the family resided in the region of Laxton.
Lexton 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 Lexton family
The surname Lexton 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 Lexton family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lexton 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 Lexton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Lexton Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Lexton has been recorded under many different variations, including Laxton, Laxington, Lexton and others.
Early Notables of the Lexton family (pre 1700)
Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lexton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Lexton family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Lexton or a variant listed above:
Lexton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Thomas Lexton, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1856 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Lexton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Mary Lexton, aged 24, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Charlotte Jane" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CHARLOTTE JANE 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/charlottejane1852.shtml