Loketon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Loketon reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Loketon family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Loketon 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. 
Early Origins of the Loketon family
The surname Loketon 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 Loketon family
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Loketon Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Lockton, Lokton, Lockston, Loxton, Loketon, Locktone, Lockten and many more.
Early Notables of the Loketon family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Loketon family
Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Loketon name or one of its variants: 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)