Last name: Sexton

This interesting name has two possible origins, from an English occupational surname and from an Irish personal name. Firstly, it is an occupational name for a sexton or church warden. It derives from the Middle English "sexteyn", which comes from the Old French "secrestein", itself originally from the Latin "sacristanus". Variants of this form include Sexten, Sextone, Sexon and Secretan. The first recording of this form was in the early 13th Century. One William Sextain appears in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1327. The second origin is from the Anglicized form of the Gaelic Irish "O'Seastnain", descendant of "Seastnan", a personal name of uncertain origin; though it may have been originally a byname meaning "bodyguard" from "seasuighim", "to resist" or "defend". Variants of this form include O'Sesnane, O'Shesnan and Shasnan. Today the name is mainly found in Limerick city. Eight Sextons have been mayors there, the most notable of whom was Edward Sexton (1535). A Coat of Arms granted to a Sexton family is gold, an eagle displayed green, armed azure a bend gobony silver and gold. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Tomas Sekerstein, which was dated 1203, in the "Pipe Rolls of Yorkshire", during the reign of King John, known as "Lackland", 1199 - 1216. 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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Trying to find members of the Sexton family from Scott County, TN. Inmon Sexton died about 1980.

Alysa Montez

Are any of you related to Jerald Dean Sexton he was born in Texas He was my Grandpa


J Sexton

Any Black sexton in virginia or Carolinas or dc


Hi my line originated in Donougmore, north Cork

Carrie Smith Husted
My 8th Great Grandfather came from Limerick Ireland to The United States (New England) in the 1600's; his decedents then traveled south to Virginia and then into Georgia.

ky sexton
Did any of you guys come here on a big boat sayyy 200 years ago an settle in southern ontario ?

Patrick Sexton
My ancestors did from County Cork.

Christopher Bryan Sexton
My ancestors were a two Sexton brothers who came to America in the 1600's, one went South and the other went North, my grandfather is Donald Sexton. @Alex, yeah, it's kinda crazy finding a bunch of strangers that you're related to.

Jayden Sexton
My ancesters were nobles in Limerick.

Dean Sexton
My Grandpa Harvey Sexton's family came over from Ireland. He had a big family all of which ended up who knows where. I would like to have more history of them but my Dad knows little about his Irish ancestry. I wish I knew more!

Alex Sexton
There is a whole group of Sextons, I think thats kinda funny, I MIGHT be related to some of you.

Colin Sexton
I don't know much of my surname's history. But my grandfather's father was born and actually moved from Ireland.

Emer Sexton
I am a Sexton from County Clare In Ireland.

Dalton Sexton
K, I would like to learn more about your great grandfather.

I already knew that my great grandad moved over from Ireland to Dundee, Scotland. Turns out our ancestors were to inherit a castle in the higlands during the time of the rebellion against england but as he joined the rebels he was disowned. Just shows how long we havebeen around eh.

Garry Sexton
My dad came from Dundee and his granddad cam from co.monaghan Ireland. My dad said a relative possibly a cousin emigrated to America.

ky sexton
Hey long lost irish family whatsuupp


I have some Sexton's in my family from Co Cavan (Catholics, no known English, Scottish or Welsh). Too bad this article doesn't explain where our Ulster Sextons might have originated.

Samuel Sexton
I've been looking all my life for a reason why I was put on this Earth....until now. I may be 15, but I'll be damned, my family is somewhat royalty? I don't believe what I'm saying or seeing...I cant believe it. . .I finally know why i am on this Earth....thank you God, and thanks to everyone who has the last name, I can be called one of your own and join your ranks as a Sexton, A TRUE SEXTON

Eugene Sexton
Yeah. I know exactly how you feel. Now where I'm standing, I've got a strange photograph and I absolutely do not know what I am to do with it. Well thank you God, it is exactly like it.

Samuel Sexton
Keep it, phrame it, and hold onto it. Make it a family eirloom or somthing man. but still, good to know that i'm not the only one out there XD

gilda hodges
I am also a Sexton from my gramma's side. I have our family history of the Sextons back to 1700's Let's find all the Sextons and find out if we are related. It Seems strange that I may have someone elses family history within my own but who knows, we may be cousins... or gilda hodges on facebook

Karen Sexton
I am a Sexton by Child birth. Am now living in Germany but proud to have a strong family name. Little confused about the family crest though as they seem to vary :-(. Just ordered an engraving, hope it is the right one otherwise my dad will be disappointed.

Don't want to burst anyone's bubble but family coats of arms are for the most part hoaxes created to make money from gullible people.

Sam Sexton
It doesn't matter if our family crest is a scam or now; we are family. No matter who are ancestors are, we are family, and we will remain family as long as the Sexton name still lives on.

Sam Sexton
I ment " Scam or not." Friggen keyboards dying.

Helen sexton
Our Sextons came from lissycasy Clare tonAustralia mid 19th century. The coat of arms shows a horse shoe the wrong way up -not lucky but I have seen it the other way - up, which may mean I'll win the lotto sometime! Which is right?

jodi bennett
My grandmother on my fathers side is Eve sexton from KY.

rachel sexton
my grandparents live in louisiana. That's about all i know. I have always wondered if the last name sexton was from a different country.

Deirdre Sexton
My grandfather was born in Milltown Malbay, Co. Clare, Ireland. All of the Sextons in my family are Irish, not English. My mother, a Cleary, is also from Clare. My mom's side of the family likes to tease my dad that his family came over from England. My dad says there were two different Sexton clans, one Irish and the other English.

Pat Sexton
My family came from Rathkeale which is 17 miles outside Limerick on the road to Tralee. I now live in Australia and have a son, he has three sons and one of them has 2 sons, and so the name lives on.

Joseph sexton

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