Rixton is a name that first reached England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Rixton family lived in Lancashire
, at Rixton-with-Glazebrook, from whence they took their name.
Early Origins of the Rixton family
The surname Rixton 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 Rixton family
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Rixton Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Rixton are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Rixton include Rixton, Rixon, Rickston and others.
Early Notables of the Rixton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rixton family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Rixton, or a variant listed above: Jacob and John Rixon who settled in Carolina in 1774.