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The surname Maxton 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.

Maxton Early Origins



The surname Maxton was 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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Maxton Spelling Variations


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Maxton Spelling Variations



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

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Maxton Early History


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Maxton Early History



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

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Maxton Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Maxton Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Maxton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Andrew Maxton, who came to Georgia in 1759
  • James Maxton, who was banished to the American Plantations in 1767

Maxton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Maxton, aged 22, landed in New York, NY in 1822
  • John Maxton, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1825
  • John Maxton, who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1825

Maxton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Maxton, who arrived in Montreal in 1839

Maxton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Maxton landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Birman
  • Samuel Maxton, aged 26, a baker, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • Henrietta Maxton, aged 20, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842

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Contemporary Notables of the name Maxton (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Maxton (post 1700)



  • Graeme Maxton (b. 1960), Scottish-born author and economist
  • Julie Maxton, Scottish lawyer and academic, Executive Director of the Royal Society
  • Annie Maxton, Scottish socialist and trade unionist, Chair of the Independent Labour Party (19531958)
  • John Alston Maxton (b. 1936), Baron Maxton, a Scottish Labour Party politician
  • James Maxton (1885-1946), Scottish socialist politician, Leader of the Independent Labour Party

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Motto


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Motto



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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
    2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
    5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    8. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
    9. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    10. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
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    The Maxton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Maxton 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.

    This page was last modified on 26 April 2014 at 00:39.

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