The ancestors of the Rixe surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name comes from when they lived in the county of Somerset
. Rixe is a topographic
surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. In this case the surname was originally derived from the Old English word risc
which refers to those individuals who lived near the rushes.
Rixon is a village near Sturminster Newton in Dorset
Early Origins of the Rixe family
The surname Rixe was first found in Somerset
, where they held a family seat
during the Middle Ages.
Early History of the Rixe family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rixe research.Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1274 and 1333 are included under the topic Early Rixe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Rixe Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Rixe include Ricks, Rickes, Rick, Rix, Rixon, Ricke and others.
Early Notables of the Rixe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rixe family to Ireland
Some of the Rixe family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Rixe family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Peter Rix, who sailed to Virginia in 1663; John Ricks, who sailed to Maryland in 1664; Christopher Ricks migrated to Pennsylvania 1771; Charles Ricks migrated to Allegheny Co. Pennsylvania in 1836.