The ancestry of the name Saxen dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the village of Saxton in the West Riding of Yorkshire
. This place-name was originally derived from the Old English Seaxe tun
which literally means Saxon village.
Early Origins of the Saxen family
The surname Saxen was first found in Lancashire
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 Saxen family
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Saxen Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Saxen have been found, including Saxton, Saxon, Sefton, Sephton, Septon, Sexton and others.
Early Notables of the Saxen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Saxen family to Ireland
Some of the Saxen family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Saxen family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Saxen, or a variant listed above: Giles Saxton, who came to Salem Massachusetts in 1630; John Sexton, who came to Virginia in 1635; Richard Sexton, who was on record in Boston Massachusetts in 1635.