The surname of RIXON was of the locational group of surnames literally meaning 'the dweller amongst the rushes' from residence nearby. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. The name was derived from the Old English word RISC, and survives as Rix and Rex in the dialects of Dorset, Somerset and Devon. Habitation names are derived from names denoting towns, villages, farmsteads or other named places, which include rivers, houses with signs on them, regions, or whole counties. The original bearer of the name who stayed in his area might be known by the name of his farm, or the locality in the parish; someone who moved to another town might be known by the name of his village; while someone who moved to another county could acquire the name of that county or the region from which he originated.
Early records of the name mention RIKE (without surname) who was documented in 1260 in County Chester, and Ralph Rix appears in 1279 in Canterbury. Richard Rikson appears in County Oxford in 1300 and Milcentia Ryckes was recorded in the year 1330. Thomas Rikson of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379, and Cristiana atte Ryxen was documented in the year 1395 in County Somerset. Richard Rikson was mentioned in the year 1457 in London.
Later instances of the name include Thomas Rixon and Elizabeth Smith were married at St. Jame's, Clerkwnell in London in the year 1731 and Jospeh Cooper wed Sarah Rixon at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1805.
The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.
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