Show ContentsWixted 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] and literally meant "willow-tree ford," from the Old English words "wilig" + "ford." [2] 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]

Saint Wilfrid or Wilfrith (634-709), was Bishop of York, the son of a Northumbrian thegn. "In his fourteenth year he was a handsome and well-mannered lad, fond of arms, horses, and fine clothes, but he was not happy, for he had an unkind stepmother, and he wished to enter a monastery. His father sent him to the court of Oswy [q. v.], where he pleased the queen, Eanflaed. After spending a year in Kent he left England in 653 in company with Benedict Biscop. " [4]

Wulfred (d. 832), was Archbishop of Canterbury and "first appears as Archdeacon under Archbishop Ethelhard. He had large estates in Kent, and was probably a Kentish man. " [4]

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

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Wilford (died 1418) English politician from Exeter, Devon who represented Exeter in April 1414 and November 1414. His brother, William Wilford (died 1413), was also an English politician for Exeter in 1395, January 1397, September 1397, January 1404 and 1411. Ralph Wulford or Wilford (1479?-1499), was and English pretender, born about 1479, is described in 'Fabyan's Chronicle' as son of a cordwainer in London, and he was not improbably a member of the London and Kent family of Wilford. He was made to personate the Earl of Warwick, eldest son of Edward IV's...
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United States Wixted migration to the United States +

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 immigrated to America, in 1895
  • Maggie Wixted, aged 20, who immigrated 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
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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 immigrated 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) +

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

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  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. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from on Facebook