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

The rich and ancient history of the Sexeard family name dates back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes from the baptismal name Siward, which was an Old English personal name. 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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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 Sexeard have been found, including Seward, Sewerd, Saward and others.

First found in Devon where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early 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 Sexeard research. Another 169 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1053, 1658, 1701, 1657 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Sexeard History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 65 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sexeard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Sexeard family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 81 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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 Sexeard, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : John Seward settled in Virginia in 1622; James Seward settled in Virginia in1655; Martin Seward arrived in Barbados in 1690; William Seward settled in Barbados in 1654 and later moved to the mainland..

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