Medieval vernacular form of the Latin name Augustinus (see Augustine). Both forms were used selectively in various regions of England as late as the 17th century and they are found occasionally much later, but the present-day use of this form as a given name is normally a reintroduction from its survival as a surname. It is particularly popular in the United States.
English: habitational name from places called Laxton, in East Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, and Northamptonshire.The Northamptonshire place name is formed from an Old English personal name Leaxa + tūn ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’. The other examples were named with Leaxa + -ing- (denoting association with) + tūn.