Thaxter History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Thaxter finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxons of England. It was given to one who worked as a person who worked as the thatcher. This surname was a derivative of the Old English word paeccan which literally meant to cover. The meaning later changed and referred to the task of thatching roofs.
Early Origins of the Thaxter family
The surname Thaxter was first found in Essex where they held a family seat from very ancient times, before and after the Conquest in 1066.
Early History of the Thaxter family
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Thaxter Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Thaxter has been recorded under many different variations, including Thatcher, Thacker, Thaxter and others.
Early Notables of the Thaxter family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Thaxter family to Ireland
Some of the Thaxter family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Thaxter migration to the United States +
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Thaxter or a variant listed above:
Thaxter Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Thomas Thaxter, who settled in Hingham in 1630
- Thomas Thaxter, who arrived in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1638 
- John Thaxter, who arrived in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1666 
Thaxter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Samuel and Mary Thaxter and their five children, who all settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1820
- M Thaxter, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1822 
Contemporary Notables of the name Thaxter (post 1700) +
- Celia Laighton Thaxter (1835-1894), American writer of poetry and stories, her house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986
- Phyllis St. Felix Thaxter (1919-2012), American actress
- Roland Thaxter (1858-1932), American mycologist, editor of the journal Annals of Botany from 1907 to 1932
- John Thaxter (1927-2012), British theatre critic, member of the London Critics' Circle
Related Stories +
- ^ 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)