Origin of the Name Paxton
The ancient history of the name Paxton
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Variants of Paxton include Paxson and Paxon. This is a locality name meaning 'of Paxton', from two parishes found near Saint Neot's, County Huntingdonshire. This name is of English descent and is found in many ancient manuscripts in the above country. Examples of such are a Thomas de Paxton, County Huntingdonshire, who was recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England , in 1273. A William Stanborough and Catherine Paxen were granted a marriage license in London, in 1608.
Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired land by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. It was by creating, maintaining and updating these reference books that they were able to maintain their authority and enforce laws.
In Irleand the name Paxton and its variants were introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland , especially during the seventeenth century. It is in Ulster and in County Dublin that these names are today mostly found.
The Paxton coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Paxton descendants.