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Early Origins of the Maxey family

The surname Maxey was first found in Northamptonshire at Maxey, a parish, in the union and soke of Peterborough. [1] Now part of Cambridgeshire, this ancient Saxon village dates back to c. 963 when it was known as Macuseige and literally meant "island or dry ground in marsh, of a man called Maccus" from the Viking personal name. [2]

The first record of the family was found here in the original Latin form, Suein de Makesia in the Pipe Rolls of 1185. The next record of the family was found over one hundred years later in Cornwall when Nicholas de Makeseye was mentioned in 1297. [3]

Maxey Castle was a medieval fortified manor house castle built around the 1370s by William Thorpe near the village of Maxey. Only the remnants of the castle can be seen today.

Early History of the Maxey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Maxey research. Another 159 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1617, 1510, 1600, 1137, 1432, 1484, 1541, 1542, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Maxey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Maxey Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Maxey, Maxie, Max, Maxy, Maxse, Maxsey and others.

Early Notables of the Maxey family (pre 1700)

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Maxey Ranking

In the United States, the name Maxey is the 3,161st most popular surname with an estimated 9,948 people with that name. [4]

United States Maxey migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Maxey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Sarah Maxey, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [5]

Canada Maxey migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Maxey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Bridget Maxey, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1824

Australia Maxey migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Maxey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Maxey (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Sheldon Maxey (1846-1921), United States federal judge
  • Samuel B. Maxey (1825-1895), American soldier, Major General for the Confederacy during the American Civil War
  • Marlon Maxey (b. 1969), American professional NBA basketball player
  • Marcus Maxey (b. 1983), American professional NFL football player
  • Lawrence Maxey, American musician and professor of music at the University of Kansas School of Music
  • Glen Maxey (b. 1952), American politician from Texas
  • Dawn Maxey (b. 1966), American actress
  • Fred Maxey, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1944, 1948 [7]
  • Carol Lee Maxey, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Colorado, 1960 [7]
  • Carl Maxey (1924-1997), American Democratic Party politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Senator from Washington, 1970 [7]
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Suggested Readings for the name Maxey +

  • The Barrens by Emery H. White.
  • The Maxeys of Virginia by Edythe Maxey Clark.

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  5. 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)
  6. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from
  7. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from on Facebook