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

The Seyller surname is derived from the German word "seil," meaning "rope," and as such it is thought to have originally been an occupational name for a maker of rope.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Seiler, Seyler, Sailer, Sayler and others.

First found in Switzerland, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society. The name emerged in Bale and in Schaffhausen in Switzerland where they became prominent families.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Seyller research. Another 240 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1850 and 1860 are included under the topic Early Seyller History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Seyller Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Johann Sayler, who immigrated to Pennsylvania in 1728; Claus Seyler, who came to South Carolina with his wife Anna Uerbin and their children Anna and Niclaus in 1740.

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