Origin of the Name Sexton
The ancient history of the name Sexton
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Sexton
include Saxton, Sextone and Shasnan. This is an occupational name meaning 'the sacristan', a verger of the Church. This name is of Anglo-Saxon descent spreading to the Celtic countries of Ireland, Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout these countries. Examples of such are a Hugh Sacristan, County Kent, who was recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England, in the year 1273 and a Johannes de Saxton, who was recorded in the 'Poll Tax' of the West Riding of Yorkshire, in the year 1379. In Ireland Sexton is taken from the Gaelic O'Seasnain which is also anglicized Shasnan and is associated with County Clare. Eight Sextons have been Mayors in Limerick city, the most notable of whom was Edward Sexton, 1535, who, despite resisting Anglo influence, was liked by King Henry VIII.
The Sexton 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 Sexton descendants.