When the ancestors of the Rikston family emigrated to England
following the Norman Conquest
in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Lancashire
, at Rixton-with-Glazebrook, from whence they took their name.
Early Origins of the Rikston family
The surname Rikston was first found in Lancashire
at Rixton-with-Glazebrook, a civil parish in the unitary authority of Warrington. Traditionally part of Lancashire
, the hamlet of Rixton, this local
dates back to the reign of King John where it "was the seat of a family of the local name, the last male descendant of whom was Alan Rixton, in the reign of Edward III." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Rikston family
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Rikston Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Rikston has been recorded under many different variations, including Rixton, Rixon, Rickston and others.
Early Notables of the Rikston family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rikston family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Rikstons were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Jacob and John Rixon who settled in Carolina in 1774.