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

The name Seeger is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of the Britain and comes from the baptismal name for the son of Sigar which was an Old English personal name.

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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. Seeger has been spelled many different ways, including Segar, Seeger, Seegar, Sigar, Sugar, Seager, Sager, Saker, Sakar and many more.

First found in Norfolk 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 Seeger research. Another 277 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1564, 1633, 1693, and 1768 are included under the topic Early Seeger History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 48 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Seeger 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 Seegers to arrive in North America:

Seeger Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Johann Nicolas Seeger, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Johann Georg Seeger, who landed in Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Wilhelm Friederich Seeger, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1771
  • Johann Seeger, who arrived in America in 1779

Seeger Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Gabriel Seeger settled in Ohio in 1816
  • Gabriel Seeger, who landed in Ohio in 1816
  • Jean Pierre Seeger, who arrived in America in 1832
  • Joh Gerh Seeger, aged 32, landed in America in 1833
  • Hedenke Seeger, aged 8, arrived in New York, NY in 1847


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  • Peter "Pete" Seeger (1919-2014), one of America's best-loved folksingers and an devoted environmentalist, co-author of "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" and "If I Had a Hammer"
  • John Seeger (b. 1914), American scholastic administrator, who also owned and operated Camp Killooleet in Hancock, VT
  • Al Seeger (b. 1980), American boxer nicknamed "The Quiet Storm"
  • Harold "Hal" Seeger (1917-2005), American animated cartoon producer and director (Hal Seeger Productions)
  • Charles Seeger (1886-1979), American musicologist, composer, and teacher
  • Mike Seeger (1933-2009), American folk musician and folklorist, half-brother of Pete Seeger
  • Alan Seeger (1888-1916), American poet who fought and died in World War I during the Battle of the Somme, uncle of Pete Seeger
  • Ruth Crawford Seeger (1901-1953), born Ruth Porter Crawford, American modernist composer and folk music specialist
  • Toshi Aline Seeger (1922-2013), American filmmaker, producer, and environmental activist, wife of Pete Seeger
  • Raymond John Seeger (1906-1992), American physicist

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The Seeger Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Seeger 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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