Show ContentsSaxon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Saxon date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence 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 Saxon family

The surname Saxon 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 Saxon family

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Saxon Spelling Variations

Saxon has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Saxon have been found, including Saxton, Saxon, Sefton, Sephton, Septon, Sexton and others.

Early Notables of the Saxon family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Nicholas Shaxton (1485?-1556), Bishop of Salisbury, born probably about 1485, a native of the diocese of Norwich. He may have been a younger brother of one Thomas Shaxton of Batheley (or Bale) in Norfolk who, according to one pedigree, died in April 1537. [1] Christopher Saxton (c.1540-1610) of Dewsbury, Yorkshire was a...
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Saxon Ranking

In the United States, the name Saxon is the 4,382nd most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [2]

Ireland Migration of the Saxon family to Ireland

Some of the Saxon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Saxon migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Saxons to arrive on North American shores:

Saxon Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Anne Saxon, who landed in Maryland in 1680 [3]
  • John Saxon, who arrived in Maryland in 1680 [3]
Saxon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Samuel Saxon, who landed in New York, NY in 1754 [3]

Australia Saxon migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Saxon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Saxon, (Robinson), English convict who was convicted in Liverpool, Merseyside, England for life, transported aboard the "Blundell" on 13th March 1844, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [4]
  • George Saxon, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Salacia" in 1850 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Saxon (post 1700) +

  • John Saxon (1936-2020), born Carmine Orrico, American Golden Globe Award winning actor, known for A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Enter the Dragon (1973) and From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
  • Sky "Sunlight" Saxon (1937-2009), born Richard Elvern Marsh, an American rock and roll musician, leader and singer of the 1960s Los Angeles psychedelic garage rock band The Seeds
  • Lyle Saxon (1891-1946), American writer, and journalist for The Times-Picayune
  • Charles David Saxon (1920-1988), American cartoonist, awarded the National Cartoonist Society Advertising Award for 1977 and the Reuben Award for 1980 from The New Yorker
  • James Joseph Saxon (1914-1980), American 21st Comptroller of the Currency for the United States Department of the Treasury (1961-1966)
  • James Elijah Saxon (b. 1966), American football coach and former running back, current running backs coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers
  • David S. Saxon (1920-2005), American physicist and educator
  • Edward Bradley Saxon (b. 1956), American film producer
  • Rolf Saxon (b. 1955), American actor
  • James Saxon (1772-1819), English portrait painter
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HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Leonard Saxon, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse (1941) and survived the sinking [6]
  • Mr. Leonard Saxon, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse (1941) and survived the sinking [6]

  1. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th October 2020). Retrieved from
  5. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SALACIA 1850. Retrieved
  6. HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook