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Where did the English Seeney family come from? What is the English Seeney family crest and coat of arms? When did the Seeney family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Seeney family history?The history of the name Seeney goes back, perhaps as far as 1066, when the Norman Conquest of England occurred. Soon after this event, the name would have been given to a person with lordly bearing, or the older of two people with the same name. The first is by analogy with the French seigneur, meaning lord.
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Seeney include Senior, Sinyeard, Singard, Sinyard, Sinor, Sayner, Saynor, Sayner and many more.
First found in Norfolk, where the family was granted lands by William the Conqueror for having assisted at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The earliest known bearer of the name was Walter Seignure, who was recorded in the Pipe Rolls of Norfolk in 1164.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Seeney research. Another 292 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1164, 1212, 1271, 1382, 1475, 1565, 1845, and 1887 are included under the topic Early Seeney History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 33 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Seeney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Seeneys to arrive on North American shores: Eliz Senior, who settled in Virginia in 1666; Jacob Senior, who arrived in Nevis in 1679; Joseph Senior, who arrived in Barbados in 1680 with his four servants, Jane Senior, who came to Virginia in 1728.
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Medio tutissimus ibis
Motto Translation: Medio tutissimus ibis
The Seeney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Seeney 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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