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Wixted History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The name Wixted came to England with the ancestors of the Wixted family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Wixted family lived in Nottinghamshire, at Wilford. This placename is derived from the name Norman-French name Will, a pet form of William and the word ford, meaning a river crossing, and indicates that the ford in question belonged to William.

Early Origins of the Wixted family


The surname Wixted was first found in Nottinghamshire at Wilford (also known as Wilfrids Ford) a parish and village in the union of Basford, in the north division of the wapentake of Rushcliffe. The village dates back to at least the Domesday Book when it was listed as Wilesford [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and literally meant "willow-tree ford," from the Old English words "wilig" + "ford." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
At that time, the land was held William Peverel, a Norman Baron, who was granted the fishery in the district of Clifton. Wilford House was built by Henry Smith, Esq. in 1828. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Early History of the Wixted family


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Wixted Spelling Variations


It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Wixted are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Wixted include Wilfoord, Williford, Wilfort, Wilford and others.

Early Notables of the Wixted family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Wixted family to the New World and Oceana


Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Wixted, or a variant listed above:

Wixted Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Richard Wixted who landed in America in 1700

Wixted Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Wixted, aged 19, who landed in America, in 1894
  • Annie Wixted, aged 24, who emigrated to America, in 1895
  • Maggie Wixted, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States from Moneygall, in 1898
  • John Wixted, aged 19, who settled in America from Honeywell, in 1899
  • Joseph Wixted, aged 9, who landed in America from Honeywell, in 1899
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Wixted Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Henry Wixted, aged 22, who landed in America from Limerick, in 1904
  • William Wixted, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from Limerick, in 1904
  • Maggie Wixted, aged 17, who settled in America from Murroe, in 1906
  • William Joseph Wixted, aged 25, who landed in America from Tralee, Ireland, in 1922

Contemporary Notables of the name Wixted (post 1700)


  • Michael-James Wixted (b. 1961), American actor, best known for his role in The Smith Family (1971 to 1972)
  • Kevin Wixted, American actor
  • ? Wixted, (need first name), American politician, Candidate for Connecticut State Senate 24th District, 1910

Historic Events for the Wixted family



HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Ronald James Wixted (1922-1941), Australian Stoker 2nd Class from Madeay River, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp

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Citations


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp

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