What does Paxton mean?
Paxton /pax-ton/ [2 sylls.] as a boys' name (also used less commonly as girls' name Paxton) is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Paxton is "Poecc's settlement".
Place name that may also derive from the Latin "pax", meaning "peace", and the Old English "tun", meaning "settlement". Poecc was an Old English name whose meaning has been lost. Actors Paxton Whitehead, Bill Paxton.
How popular is Paxton?
Paxton is an uncommonly occurring first name for men but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#3019 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Paxton for boys. Paxton was first listed in 1997 and reached its peak rank of #242 in the U.S. in 2012, and is presently at #260. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of the boy name Paxton and associated names. Braxton (#121 last year) is the only other popular alternative form of Paxton (#260 last year). These boy names reached the peak of their popularity in 2012 (usage of 0.8165%) and are almost as popular today (usage 0.8095%, 0.9% less). Braxton (#121) and Paxton (#260) are two of the more trendy names for newborns in this list. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)