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The surname Ruxton was first found in Northamptonshire at Rushton, a small village and civil parish that dates back to the Domesday Book where it was listed as Risetone. The reference lists that it comprised three very small settlements: Barford, which had only seven inhabitants; Glendon, home of Glendon Hall and had fourteen inhabitants; and finally Rushton St. Peter, which included Rushton Hall and Rushton All Saints with a population of forty-five. Rushton Hall has gone through many changes since the first record but today is a luxury hotel. This was the ancestral home of the Tresham family from 1438. The place name Rushton is generally believed to mean "farmstead where rushes grow" from the Old English words rysc + tun. [1] Rushton is also a village and civil parish in the unitary authority of Cheshire West. However, this village is rather recent as the first recorded population statistic was in the 1881 census. Finally Rushton Spencer is located in Staffordshire an early possession of the Spencer family.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Rushton, Ruxton and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ruxton research. Another 141 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ruxton History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Ruxton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ruxton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Nicholas Ruxton, who landed in Maryland or Virginia in 1664

Ruxton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • R Ruxton, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • M Ruxton, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1856
  • John and Thomas Ruxton arrived in Philadelphia in 1860

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  • William V.C. Ruxton, American investor, eponym of the Ruxton, a front-wheel drive automobile produced by the New Era Motors from 1929 to 1930; ironically while the vehicle is named after him, he did not invest in the vehicle and sued for use of his name, but the vehicle went into production with his name anyway
  • John William Ruxton (1721-1785), Irish landowner and Member of Parliament for Ardee (1751-1776)
  • Graeme Ruxton, Scottish zoologist known for his research into behavioural ecology and evolutionary ecology
  • Bruce Carlyle Ruxton AM, OBE (1926-2011), Australian ex-serviceman, President of the Victorian Returned and Services League from 1979 to 2002


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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  2. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  6. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  9. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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The Ruxton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ruxton 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.

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