Sexton Family History
The family history of the ancient name Sexton
was found in the irishsurnames.com archives.
Surnames developed a wide number of variants over the centuries. Many different spelling variations of the same name can be traced back to a single original root. Also, when a bearer of a name emigrated from Ireland it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books upon arrival at their new location. Some names have dozens of spelling variations. Some Surnames were also altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically, by their sound, and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another. This was especially so in Ireland where most Gaelic names were 'anglicized' at some stage.
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
family crest (or coat of arms) came into existence many centuries ago. The process of creating these coats of arms began as early as the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this, including Ireland. The new more formalized art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own family crest, coat of arms, including Sexton