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Where did the Scottish Maxon family come from? What is the Scottish Maxon family crest and coat of arms? When did the Maxon family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Maxon family history?

The surname Maxon is a habitation name, adopted from the name of the Parish of Maxton, in the Scottish Borders. The Parish name is believed to come from the "tun" or "homestead" of Maccus, believed to have been a Saxon settler, he is recorded as living in the area in 1116. The place name has appeared written as Mackeston, Mackiston, Maxston, Maxtun, Maccuston, Maxtoun and eventually as Maxton in 1580.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Maxton, Maxtone, Mackston, Makston, Makeston, Maxston, Maxon, Mackson and many more.

First found in Roxburghshire, where they held a family seat in their territories. The Norman influence on Scottish history considerably influenced the crown and government in the period between King Malcolm Ceanmore (1058-1093) and King David (1124-1153). Many Norman nobles were either invited or escaped into Scotland following the example of Margeret, wife of Malcolm Ceanmore, who actively recruited these Normans to their court. Maccus, son of Undewyn was believed to have followed King David north and was granted the lands of Maxton. Early instances of the name include Adam de Macston, 17th Abbot of Melrose, and Peter of Makeston, who held a family seat in Huntingdon in 1200. Later Maxton passed to the Berkleys then to the Normanvilles.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Maxon research. Another 325 words(23 lines of text) covering the years 1285 and 1745 are included under the topic Early Maxon History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Maxon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Maxon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • F Maxon, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • G Maxon, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Matthew Maxon, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1860

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  • William Ralph Maxon (1877-1948), American botanist and pteridologist
  • Bonnie Maxon (b. 1981), American professional wrestler


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Providus esto
Motto Translation: Be thou circumspect.

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The Maxon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Maxon Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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