The ancestors of the name Sexby date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in the parish of Saxby in the counties of Lincolnshire
. The surname Sexby 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 Sexby family
The surname Sexby 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 Sexby family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sexby research.Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1616 and 1658 are included under the topic Early Sexby History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sexby Spelling Variations
Sexby 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 Sexby have been found, including Saxby, Saxbe, Saxbie, Saxby and others.
Early Notables of the Sexby family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sexby family to the New World and Oceana
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 Sexbys to arrive on North American shores:
Sexby Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Richard Sexby, who arrived in Maryland in 1667 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
The Sexby 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.