Paxson name means the son of Pask
The surname of PAXSON was a baptismal name ‘the son of Pask’, one who was born at Easter, or had some other particular connection with that time of the year, such as owing a feudal obligation then. The name was recorded in early documents in the Latin form of PASCUUM, meaning ‘the passover’. The name was introduced into England from France and Italy and it was popular throughout Catholic Europe, mainly in honour of the festival of Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection, but also in honour of a 9th century pope and saint who had borne the name. Other spellings of the name include PAXON, PACKSON, PASK, PASQUE, PASQUA, PASCA, PASCO, PASCHI, PASCOA and PASKA to name but a few. The form PASKA was adopted by Jews, the reason unknown, but it may have to do with the time of the year at which the surname was registered. An early record of the name mentions William Stanborough and Catherine PAXEN, who were married in London in the year 1608. It was not until the 10th century that modern hereditary surnames first developed, and the use of fixed names spread, first to France, and then England, then to Germany and all of Europe. In these parts of Europe, the individual man was becoming more important, commerce was increasing and the exact identification of each man was becoming a necessity. Even today however, the Church does not recognise surnames. Baptisms and marriages are performed through use of the Christian name alone. Thus hereditary names as we know them today developed gradually during the 11th to the 15th century in the various European countries.
In Hotten’s ‘The Original Lists of Persons of Quality’ which includes emigrants, religious exiles, political rebels, serving men sold for a term of years, apprentices, children stolen, maidens pressed and others, who went to America from Great Britain to the American Plantations between
1600 and 1700 is included Ann PACKSON who arrived in the year 1678.
ARMS – Ermine two chevrons one sable the other azure between three annulets in pale of the last
CREST – An eagles head erased azure charged on the neck with two chevrons or between a pair of wings argent semee of mullets gules
MOTTO – FAVENTE DEO – By God’s favour