Seeger History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Seeger is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of the Britain and comes from the baptismal name for the son of Sigar which was an Old English personal name. One source claims the name was Norman in origin from Segre in Anjou. [1]

Early Origins of the Seeger family

The surname Seeger was first found in Devon, where the name was first listed as Sagar and Segarus in the Domesday Book of 1086. [2] Later, Galfridus filius Seger was listed in 1222, again in Devon. Over in Dorset, Walter Sagar was listed there in the Pipe Rolls of 1195. John Seger was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 in Norfolk. [3] The same source lists: Henry filius Sigar in Cambridgeshire; and William Siger in Norfolk. [4]

Kirby's Quest lists John Seger in Somerset, 1 Edward III (in the first year of Edward III's reign.) [5]

Early History of the Seeger family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Seeger research. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1633, 1549, 1563, 1557, 1564, 1633, 1693, 1768, 1681, 1667 and 1681 are included under the topic Early Seeger History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Seeger Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Seeger has been spelled many different ways, including Segar, Seeger, Seegar, Sigar, Sugar, Seager, Sager, Saker, Sakar and many more.

Early Notables of the Seeger family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Francis Segar or Seagar ( fl. 1549-1563), an English translator and poet, "whose name, variously spelt, is that of an old Devonshire family, was probably the 'Francis Nycholson, alias Seagar,' who was made free of the Stationers' Company on 24 Sept. 1557. [6] Sir William Segar (c.1564-1633), was an English portrait painter and Garter King-of-Arms to the court...
Another 64 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Seeger Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Seeger migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Seegers to arrive in North America:

Seeger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johann Nicolas Seeger, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1733 [7]
  • Johann Georg Seeger, who landed in Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1743 [7]
  • Wilhelm Friederich Seeger, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1771 [7]
  • Johann Seeger, who arrived in America in 1779 [7]
Seeger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Gabriel Seeger, who settled in Ohio in 1816
  • Gabriel Seeger, who landed in Ohio in 1816 [7]
  • Jean Pierre Seeger, who arrived in America in 1832 [7]
  • Joh Gerh Seeger, aged 32, who landed in America in 1833 [7]
  • Hedenke Seeger, aged 8, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Seeger migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Seeger Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Ulrich Seeger, who settled in Nova Scotia between 1749 and 1752
  • Ulrich Seeger, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752

Contemporary Notables of the name Seeger (post 1700) +

  • Raymond John Seeger (1906-1992), American physicist
  • Toshi Aline Seeger (1922-2013), American filmmaker, producer, and environmental activist, wife of Pete Seeger
  • Ruth Crawford Seeger (1901-1953), born Ruth Porter Crawford, American modernist composer and folk music specialist
  • Alan Seeger (1888-1916), American poet who fought and died in World War I during the Battle of the Somme, uncle of Pete Seeger
  • Mike Seeger (1933-2009), American folk musician and folklorist, half-brother of Pete Seeger
  • Charles Seeger (1886-1979), American musicologist, composer, and teacher
  • Harold "Hal" Seeger (1917-2005), American animated cartoon producer and director (Hal Seeger Productions)
  • Al Seeger (b. 1980), American boxer nicknamed "The Quiet Storm"
  • John Seeger (b. 1914), American scholastic administrator, who also owned and operated Camp Killooleet in Hancock, VT
  • Peter "Pete" Seeger (1919-2014), one of America's best-loved folksingers and an devoted environmentalist, co-author of "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" and "If I Had a Hammer"
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  6. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  7. ^ 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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