The name Lockton reached England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Lockton 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 Lockton family
The surname Lockton 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 Lockton family
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Lockton Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Lockton family name include Lockton, Lokton, Lockston, Loxton, Loketon, Locktone, Lockten and many more.
Early Notables of the Lockton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Lockton family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Lockton family to immigrate North America:
Lockton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Lockton, who was recorded in Barbados in 1678
Lockton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Lockton, who was naturalized in Detroit in 1853
Contemporary Notables of the name Lockton (post 1700)
- David Ballard Lockton (b. 1937), American entrepreneur who founded Ontario Motor Speedway in Los Angeles and California Business, the first weekly regional business tabloid
- David Lockton, American co-founder and CEO of the Lockton Companies, the world’s largest privately held independent insurance broker with over 4,950 employees
- Joan Lockton, British actress