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Where did the English Sex family come from? What is the English Sex family crest and coat of arms? When did the Sex family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Sex family history?

The Anglo-Saxon name Sex comes from the family having resided 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.

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Sex has been spelled many different ways, including 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. Saxton, Saxon, Sefton, Sephton, Septon, Sexton and others.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sex research. Another 201 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1540 and 1610 are included under the topic Early Sex History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 43 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sex Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Sex family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 151 words(11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 Sexs to arrive on North American shores:

Sex Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Mrs. Henrich Sex, who arrived in New York, NY in 1710
  • Barbara Sex, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1772

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The Sex Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sex 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.

This page was last modified on 26 November 2012 at 06:46.

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