The name Wrixon came to England
with the ancestors of the Wrixon family in the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Wrixon family lived in Lancashire
, at Rixton-with-Glazebrook, from whence they took their name.
Early Origins of the Wrixon family
The surname Wrixon was first found in Lancashire
at Rixton-with-Glazebrook, a civil parish in the unitary authority of Warrington. Traditionally part of Lancashire
, the hamlet of Rixton, this local
dates back to the reign of King John where it "was the seat of a family of the local name, the last male descendant of whom was Alan Rixton, in the reign of Edward III." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Wrixon family
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Wrixon Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Rixton, Rixon, Rickston and others.
Early Notables of the Wrixon family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wrixon family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Wrixon or a variant listed above:
Wrixon Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Henry Wrixon, aged 56, who landed in America from Pontyprior, in 1904
- Katie Wrixon, aged 28, who emigrated to America from Killarney, in 1919
- George Wrixon, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States, in 1919
- Albert Wrixon, aged 24, who settled in America from Mallow, Cork, Ireland, in 1924
Contemporary Notables of the name Wrixon (post 1700)
- Maris Wrixon (1916-1999), American film and television actress who appeared in over 50 films
- Eric Wrixon (1947-2015), Northern Irish keyboardist, founding member of Them and Thin Lizzy
- Sir Henry John Wrixon KCMG, QC (1839-1913), Australian barrister and politician