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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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.

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

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

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

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

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!

Jayden Sexton
My ancesters were nobles in Limerick.

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.

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

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.


Hi my line originated in Donougmore, north Cork

J Sexton

Any Black sexton in virginia or Carolinas or dc


Alysa Montez

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


Trying to find members of the Sexton family from Scott County, TN. Inmon Sexton died about 1980.

B. Sexton
I am a Sexton from eastern Kentucky and it would seem that being from the area means I am of Melungeon heritage and considered it's own race.

S. Sexton
I'm a Sexton from NY but most my family comes from the south... My father (Herman) is from Virginia... I'm actually on my way to our Sexton Family Reunion...

So it's a surname from England, and we're not going to even mention the possible (and more likely) third origin "SAXON"?

Michael Sexton
I am from clover, south carolina. There are a good many Sexton around here in York County. I'm interested in learning more about my lineage. We are located about 30 min. from Charlotte, NC. Neat to see other Sexton on here!

Matthew J Sexton
Hello All!! I am 37 years old living in Middleburgh NY with my wife and three daughters. Originally from Westchester county NY. (1 hour north of NYC) proud to be a sexton. I help Irish immigrants become US citizens.

Matthew J Sexton
I forgot to add, my father and great uncle always told me that our family came from Limerick. Looks like we all came from the same place.

Ed Slattery
Many of my Irish ancestors are buried in Calvary Cemetery in Woodside, NY. Among them, is a Catti Sexton, as well as many Slattery's. On the burial certificate, a James Sexton purchased this family plot at the time of my GGGrandfather's death, his name was John Slattery; he passed at 43 years of age, in 1862. Catti was the next to pass away on April 22, 1964 at the age of 80 (+/-). On the list, as mentioned, there are many Slattery's; there is one Heffernan and one Morgan. I'm searching for a connection of any of them to my family. James Sexton purchased the plot on the same day a the burial of my GGGrandfather, so I'm betting that the Sexton's are either my GGGrandmother's family or possibly the maiden name of my GGGrandfather's mother's family. If anyone has any information to further my quest, please write to the following e-mail address: I'm, originally, from the Bronx in NY and grew-up in the NYC area.

Dustin Sexton
Whats up Sextons im from Rock Hill S.C. USA. Wish I can see my home land in the past.

C Sexton
Looking for my father's family connections out of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. My father was Albert Sexton and my grandfather was Tom (Thomas) Sexton.

Justin Sexton
Hello in VA Sexton's,.. From IND Vigo County originally starting to trace lineage.

Thomas lee sexton
My family as far back as I know came from hazard co. Area of Kentucky. I just wanted to say hello to all my cousins and aunties and uncles out there!!!!!

Sexton, by birth
West Virginia my father's birth father was Stewart Sexton who moved to Colorado

Stephen Sexton
Wisconsin my father was Larrimore Sexton from milwaukee area all i kow of him si brothers Roger i think possibly another brother Dick seems familiar but akso has sisters louise and JoAnne i did hear a story we had an extensive family book however someone back in 1800s maybe early 1900s someone read we had a relative who was a horse thief she was so discouraged and ashamed she burnt the whole book so no one would find out if any of this sounds familiar to anyone or you just want to chat feel free to email me at I have 1 brother Dean and 1 sister Jacque

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