The name Saxbey is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in the parish of Saxby in the counties of Lincolnshire
. The surname Saxbey is an example of a habitation
name which forms a broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came.
Early Origins of the Saxbey family
The surname Saxbey was first found in Lincolnshire
where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Saxbey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Saxbey research.Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1616 and 1658 are included under the topic Early Saxbey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Saxbey Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Saxbey has been spelled many different ways, including Saxby, Saxbe, Saxbie, Saxby and others.
Early Notables of the Saxbey family (pre 1700)
Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Saxbey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Saxbey family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Saxbeys to arrive in North America: John Saxby settled in Philadelphia in 1685 with his wife and five children.
The Saxbey Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Sit saxum firmum
Motto Translation: Let the stone be firm.