The origins of the Staxton name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the 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.
Early Origins of the Staxton family
The surname Staxton 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 Staxton family
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Staxton Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Staxton were recorded, including Saxton, Saxon, Sefton, Sephton, Septon, Sexton and others.
Early Notables of the Staxton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Staxton family to Ireland
Some of the Staxton 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 Staxton family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Staxton family emigrate to North America: 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.