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Where did the English Sebring family come from? What is the English Sebring family crest and coat of arms? When did the Sebring family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Sebring family history?

Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Sebring is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Sebright in the county of Essex which was later known as Great Seabright in Great Beddow in Essex. This surname is also of patronymic origin in that it was originally derived from the baptismal name Seabert, taken from the Old English personal name Saebeorht. Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames.

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The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Sebring has been spelled many different ways, including Seabright, Sebright, Seabricks, Sebricks and others.

First found in Essex where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sebring research. Another 145 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1706, 1764, 1729, 1796, 1585, 1658, 1645, 1679, 1668, 1702, 1692 and 1736 are included under the topic Early Sebring History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 143 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sebring Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Sebrings to arrive in North America:

Sebring Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Jan Roelofse Sebring, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1620-1664

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  • Jay Sebring (1933-1969), American hair stylist for celebrities, founder of Sebring International
  • Harold Leon "Tom" Sebring (1898-1968), American judge, Florida Supreme Court justice, judge at the Nuremberg Trials
  • James Dennison Sebring (1882-1909), American Major League Baseball player


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  5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  6. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  7. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  8. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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The Sebring Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sebring Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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