Lockten History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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When the ancestors of the Lockten family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They 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. 
Early Origins of the Lockten family
The surname Lockten 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. 
Early History of the Lockten family
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Lockten Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Lockten has been recorded under many different variations, including Lockton, Lokton, Lockston, Loxton, Loketon, Locktone, Lockten and many more.
Early Notables of the Lockten family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Lockten family
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Locktens were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: 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..
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- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)