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Early Origins of the Paxson family

The surname Paxson was first found in the ancient county of Berwickshire, now an administrative area of the Scottish Borders region, home of Paxton House, a historic house built between 1758 and 1766. This was the former seat of the Paxton family and is now open to the public as a Partner Gallery of the National Galleries of Scotland. Great Paxton and Little Paxton are villages in the ancient county of Huntingdonshire, now part of Cambridgeshire. Both villages have kept relatively small over the years, but trace back to the Domesday Book where they were listed as Pachstone and literally meant "farmstead of a man called Paecc" from the Old English personal name + tun. [1]

Early History of the Paxson family

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Paxson Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Paxton, Paxson, Paxon and others.

Early Notables of the Paxson family (pre 1700)

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Paxson Ranking

In the United States, the name Paxson is the 12,165th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]

United States Paxson migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Paxson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Paxson, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1682 with his wife, three children and his brother Thomas
  • William Paxson, who settled in Delaware in 1682 with his wife Mary and children
  • Henry Paxson, aged 37, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1682 [3]
  • James Paxson, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682 [3]
  • William Paxson, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Paxson (post 1700) +

  • Diana L. Paxson (b. 1943), American author who specializes in Paganism and Heathenism, founder of The Fellowship of the Spiral Path
  • Melanie Deanne Paxson (b. 1972), née Moore, an American actress, perhaps best known for her role as Jaclyn in Cupid
  • James Edward Paxson (1932-2014), American professional gold medalist basketball player
  • Scott M. Paxson (b. 1983), American NFL football defensive tackle
  • Frederic Logan Paxson (1877-1948), American Pulitzer Prize (1925) winning historian
  • Vern Edward Paxson, American Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Christina Hull Paxson (1960-2012), American economist and academic, 19th President of Brown University (2012-)
  • James Joseph "Jim" Paxson (b. 1957), American retired professional NBA basketball player
  • John MacBeth Paxson (b. 1960), retired American basketball player, current vice president of Basketball Operations for the Chicago Bulls
  • Joseph Paxson, American politician, Mayor of Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1930 [4]
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  1. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. 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)
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 22) . Retrieved from on Facebook