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

The rich and ancient history of the Seeley family name dates back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes from happy person who had good fortune. It is derive from the Old English word saelig, meaning happy and blessed.

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Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Seeley have been found, including Cely, Ceeley, Celey, Ceely, Ceiley, Seely, Seeley and others.

First found in Cornwall where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Seeley research. Another 193 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 10 m, 1602, 1668 and 1630 are included under the topic Early Seeley History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 85 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Seeley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Seeley, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

Seeley Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Robert Seeley, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630

Seeley Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Alice T. Seeley, aged 29, who emigrated to America from Cork, in 1904
  • Alfred H. Seeley, aged 20, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Arthur Seeley, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1917
  • Annie Seeley, aged 1, who landed in America from Gathabawn, Ireland, in 1920
  • Alfred Seeley, aged 49, who emigrated to the United States from Rochdale, England, in 1920


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  • Elias P. Seeley (1791-1846), American politician, 11th Governor of New Jersey (1833)
  • William Henry Harrison Seeley (1840-1914), American recipient of the Victoria Cross, for deeds with the Royal Navy in Japan
  • Blossom Seeley (1891-1974), born Minnie Guyer, an American Vaudeville performer
  • Mabel Seeley (1903-1991), American mystery book author
  • Stuart William Seeley (1901-1978), American electrical engineer, best known for inventing the Foster-Seeley discriminator
  • William Henry Harrison Seeley VC (1840-1914), the first American citizen to be awarded the Victoria Cross
  • Sir John Robert Seeley (1834-1895), English historian
  • George Seeley (1877-1921), English footballer with Southampton and Queens Park Rangers
  • Gerald Seeley (1903-1941), English cricketer
  • Sir John Robert Seeley (1834-1895), English essayist and historian

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  • The Seeley-Seely-Sellye Family of Connecticut and Ohio by Helene Bromwell Ault.
  • Descendants of Robert Seeley: Robert Seeley, born 1600/01, England, died October 1667, New York City, N.Y. by Esther Hogg Houtz.
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  1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  3. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  6. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  8. 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.
  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Seeley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Seeley 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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