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The name Sexton has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family 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.
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Sexton have been found, including 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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sexton research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1540 and 1610 are included under the topic Early Sexton History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sexton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Sexton 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.
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Sexton, or a variant listed above:
Sexton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Giles Sexton, who landed in New England in 1630
- Peter Sexton, aged 20, landed in Virginia in 1635
- Robt Sexton, aged 24, arrived in Virginia in 1635
- John Sexton, who came to Virginia in 1635
- Richard Sexton, who was on record in Boston Massachusetts in 1635
Sexton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Eliza Sexton, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
- Luke Sexton, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
Sexton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James Sexton, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1830
- M Sexton, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
- B M Sexton, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
- Michael Sexton, who landed in Mississippi in 1859
Sexton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Bridget Sexton, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1833
- John Sexton, aged 27, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1837 aboard the barque "Robert Watt" from Cork
Sexton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- William Bradshaw Sexton arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Hartley" in 1837
- James Sexton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Branken Moor" in 1840
- Sarah Sexton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Branken Moor" in 1840
- George Sexton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Branken Moor" in 1840
Sexton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- William Sexton landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
- William Thomas Sexton arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jura" in 1861
- George Sexton arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864
- Ellen Sexton arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864
- William Sexton arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864
- Major-General William Thaddeus Sexton (1901-1983), American Commanding General 5th Division (1955-1956)
- Ted L. Sexton, American politician, Mayor of Leavenworth, Kansas, 1952-55
- Timothy Sexton, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Augusta, Kansas, 1894-98, 1913-16
- W. P. Sexton, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1964
- William Sexton, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 20th District, 1865-67
- William Sexton, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1932
- Austin Sexton (1808-1873), American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Schoharie County 2nd District, 1849
- Brendan Sexton, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from New York County 22nd District, 1935; Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York at-large, 1938
- Charles Sexton (d. 1883), American politician, Mayor of Camden, New Jersey, 1849-51
- Charles P. Sexton (b. 1936), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 2004
- The Sexton Family of Scott County, Tennessee by Robert Lee Bailey.
- Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
- Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
- Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
- Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
- Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
- Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
- Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
- Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
- Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
The Sexton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sexton 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.
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