Locktan is a name that was carried to England
in the great wave of migration from Normandy
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Locktan family lived in Lockton, which was the name of a chapelry in the parish of Middleton, in North Riding of Yorkshire
. The place-name Lockton is derived from the Old English word loc(a),
which means enclosure.
In Old English, this word took on the additional meaning of a bridge.
The second part of the place-name ton
is derived from the Old English word tun,
which means settlement
or village. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early Origins of the Locktan family
The surname Locktan was first found in the North Riding of Yorkshire
at Lockton, a small village and civil parish in the Ryedale district that dates back to the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Locheton, part of the King's land and the under-tenant from whom this family name is conjecturally descended remains a mystery but was probably one of the King's favorites. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Early History of the Locktan family
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Locktan Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Locktan include Lockton, Lokton, Lockston, Loxton, Loketon, Locktone, Lockten and many more.
Early Notables of the Locktan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Locktan family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Locktans to arrive on North American shores: John Lockton, who was recorded in Barbados in 1678; William Logsden, who received a land patent in Maryland in 1673; John Lockton, who was naturalized in Detroit in 1853..