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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish


Seath was first used as a surname among the descendants of the ancient Scottish people known as the Picts. It was a name for a person who shared some of the qualities attributed to a wolf. Seath is a nickname surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Nicknames form a broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, and can refer directly or indirectly to one's personality, physical attributes, mannerisms, or even their habits of dress. The surname Seath is derived from the Gaelic first name Sithech, which means wolf.

Seath Early Origins



The surname Seath was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where the family appears to have been firmly entrenched in the Eastern coastal regions well before 1000 AD. While some claim that the Clan originally descended from a MacDuff, one of the ancient Earls of Fife, the first official mention in documents shows them to be present at the General Council held by King Malcolm at Forfar in 1061. However, this ancient leadership was challenged by many other Clans Commyns (Cummings) who had leased the Shaw lands of Rothiemurchus.

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Seath Spelling Variations


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Seath Spelling Variations



Repeated and inaccurate translation of Scottish names from Gaelic to English and back resulted in a wide variety of spelling variations with single names. Seath has appeared Shaw, Shawe, Mac Ghille-Sheathanaich (Gaelic) and others.

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Seath Early History


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Seath Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Seath research. Another 424 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1178, 1226, 1405, 1411, 1527, 1608, 1672, 1692, 1751, 1774, 1776, 1799, 1804, 1826, 1832, 1849, and 1876 are included under the topic Early Seath History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Seath Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Seath Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Seath Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Seath In Ireland


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Seath In Ireland



Some of the Seath family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland and Australia, but mostly to the colonies of North America, where many found the freedom and opportunity they sought. It was not without a fight, though, as many were forced to stand up and defend their freedom in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of these Scots abroad have rediscovered their heritage in the last century through the Clan societies and other organizations that have sprung up across North America. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name Seath:

Seath Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Seath, who landed in New York in 1830 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Seath (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Seath (post 1700)



  • David Coutts Seath (1914-1997), Former accountant and politician of the National Party

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