Saxons History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Saxons 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 Saxons family

The surname Saxons 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 Saxons family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Saxons research. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1485, 1556, 1485, 1537, 1540, 1610, 1631 and are included under the topic Early Saxons History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Saxons Spelling Variations

Saxons 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 Saxons have been found, including Saxton, Saxon, Sefton, Sephton, Septon, Sexton and others.

Early Notables of the Saxons 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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Ireland Migration of the Saxons family to Ireland

Some of the Saxons family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Saxons family

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 Saxonss to arrive on North American shores: 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.



  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print


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