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Early Origins of the Maxine family

The surname Maxine 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 Maxine family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Maxine 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 Maxine History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Maxine Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Maxine family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Maxine family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..

Contemporary Notables of the name Maxine (post 1700) +

  • Joan Maxine Copeland (1922-2022), née Miller, an American actress and younger sister of playwright Arthur Miller, best known for her performances in the 1977 Broadway revival of Pal Joey and her award-winning performance in the 1981 play The American Clock
  • Suzan Maxine Farmer (1942-2017), English film and television actress, known for her roles in The Scarlet Blade, Doctor in Clover and Coronation Street
  • Paula Maxine Patton (b. 1975), American actress
  • Angela Maxine O'Brien (b. 1937), birth name of Margaret O'Brien, the American film and stage actress who has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • Linda Maxine Godwin (b. 1952), American scientist and former NASA astronaut with 38 days in space [4]
  • Maxine "Max" Riddington, British journalist and author, known for Frances: The Remarkable Story Of Princess Diana's Mother (2003), The Lilac Days (2005) and Burrough Hill Lad-The Making Of A Champion Racehorse (2015)
  • Rear Admiral Maxine Conder (1926-2021), United States Navy rear admiral who served as Director of the United States Navy Nurse Corps from 1975 to 1979
  • Maxine Edwyna Cissel Horner (1933-2021), the first African American women to serve in the Oklahoma State Senate, serving from 1986 to 2004
  • Maxine Burnett Moul (b. 1947), American politician, 34th Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska (1991-1993)
  • Mrs. Maxine Elizabeth Walton M.B.E., British Assistant Director for EU Turkey Agreement Liaison for Athens, Home Office, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to Border Security [5]

  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. NASA Astronauts Homepage. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Linda Godwin. Retrieved from
  5. "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62310, 31 October 2019 | London Gazette, The Gazette, June 2018, on Facebook