Sexson is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having 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 Sexson family
The surname Sexson 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 Sexson family
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Sexson Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Sexson family name include Saxton, Saxon, Sefton, Sephton, Septon, Sexton and others.
Early Notables of the Sexson family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sexson family to Ireland
Some of the Sexson 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 and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Sexson family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Sexson surname or a spelling variation of the name include: 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.
Contemporary Notables of the name Sexson (post 1700)
- Joe Sexson (1934-2011), American college basketball coach
- Richmond Lockwood "Richie" Sexson (b. 1974), American former Major League Baseball first baseman who played from 1997 to 2008