Last name: Axe

Axe is a locational surname which is of Olde English, pre 10th century origins. It derives from the Ancient British word for a river "Isca" which predates the Roman Invasion of 55 a.d., through the later "aesce" to the medieval "exe or axe." In effect the surname describes one who lived by the Axe Rivers in Somerset or Dorset. The Somerset river is first recorded in the Saxon Chronicles of 712 as the Aesce, the first recording as"Axe" being at the Taunton Assize Courts of 1244, in the reign of Henry 111 (1216 - 1272). However this did not refer to a surname, merely to people who had caused a disturbance at the "Axe." The first church recordings are as shown below, however it is possible that earlier recordings may exist on as yet unpublished charters or land rolls. Examples of the early recordings include Thomas Axe who married Alce Spragott at the village of Kingsbury Episcopi, Somerset, on October 20th 1592, whilst on September 9th 1605, John Axe married Ursula Dymond at Martock. The name is also recorded in London, the earliest example being William Axe who married Debora Dudley at the church of St Lawarence Jewry, on November 2nd 1626. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Agnis Axe, which was dated January 19th 1559, who married Thomas Andrewe at North Petherton, Somerset, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1, known as "Good Queen Bess" 1558 - 1603. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Makayla Axe
Ive been very intrested in finding family with the last name axe my dads name is michael axe then my grandpa is bernard axe sr. And I would apreciate if anyone wuld tell me if they are related to any of them

Melissa Axe
Melissa Axe I would love to find out where the name comes from. My father is David Richard Axe and I would like to be able to find some infromation out for him. My e-mail is missy_axe@yahoo.com, If anyone could help me that would really be great. And Thank you so very much. Read more: http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Axe#ixzz273jd9kwP

Melissa Axe
Melissa Axe I would love to find out where the name comes from. My father is David Richard Axe and I would like to be able to find some infromation out for him. My e-mail is missy_axe@yahoo.com, If anyone could help me that would really be great. And Thank you so very much Read more: http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Axe#ixzz273k25wl8

Thomas D Axe
Have a look at South Yorkshire for 16th Century Axes' s in Clayton and Mexborough.

Neil S Axe
Hello fellow Axe Clan members, The oral tradition of my strand of Axe kith & kin, now based around Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire in the UK (but originally with strong roots in Devonshire & Somerset), was passed on to me in my childhood via my late Grandfather (Sidney Axe) & he stated that we were originally of Saxon stock, he said that we were weaponsmiths & that we quenched our wares in the waters that run out of Cheddar Gorge's infamous witches hollow of Wookey Hole (the source of the River Axe) & that in the times of the old Kingdom of Wessex our profession dictated our unusual surname & the location of whence Axes did reside. I've no idea how true any of the above actually is (though it would seem logical that our Germanic forebears may have corrupted an earlier Celtic place name to fit their own tongue), but as there's still a Vale of Axe, Axbridge, Axmouth & Axminster, it seems reasonable to assume that our ancestors were supplying the warriors of those uncertain times! Neil.

Justin Lloyd Axe
I'm trying to find out more about my ancesters but its extremly hard. I'v been told that my name Axe is dutch from Axelord and has nothing to do with the england rivers and the Axelrod family. However when I look up anything on axe it seem to be english and something to do with "Axelrod". If anyone can help answer any question please email me axe.justin@yahoo.com

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