Seaborn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origin of the name Seaborn is under much discussion. One school of thought claims the name is a local name from "Seabourne," and not 'born at sea'; [1] other claims the name is patronymic as in 'the son of Sebern." [2] And yet another claims the name was actually Norman, descending from William Sabrin, Normandy 1180 (Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae) [3]

Two references claim the name is Scandinavian [4] or Icelandic. [2] And another claims "the name literally means 'sea-warrior.' " [5]

Early Origins of the Seaborn family

The surname Seaborn was first found in Huntingdonshire where early Latin forms of the name were found, specifically Sabernus Monachus and Philippus filius Seberni who were listed there 1114-1130. A few years later, Margareta filia Seberni, was found in the Curia Regis Rolls of the Isle of Man in 1207 and John Sebern was found in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk in 1190. Sayer Sabarn was recorded in the Subsidy Rolls for Essex in 1327 and fifty years later, John Sabern was listed there in the Assize Rolls of 1377. [5]

In Herefordshire, the family name was referenced in the 13th century. Today Seaburn Dene is a northern suburb of Sunderland and Seaburn is a seaside resort and suburb of Sunderland, both located in North East England.

The Hundredorum Rolls include: Alexander Sebern in Huntingdonshire; William Seberne in Oxfordshire; and Geoffrey Sebern in Cambridgeshire. [2]

Early History of the Seaborn family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Seaborn research. Another 143 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1144, 1510, 1600, 1140, 1159, 1442, 1545, 1455, 1487 and 1554 are included under the topic Early Seaborn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Seaborn Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Seborn, Seaborn, Seborne, Sebourn, Sebourne, Seabourn and many more.

Early Notables of the Seaborn family (pre 1700)

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

Seaborn Ranking

In the United States, the name Seaborn is the 12,524th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [6]


United States Seaborn migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Seaborn Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Bridgett Seaborn, who arrived in Maryland in 1654 [7]
Seaborn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Seaborn, who arrived in America in 1805 [7]
  • Rosette Seaborn, who landed in Massachusetts in 1812 [7]
  • Mr. Seaborn, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [7]
Seaborn Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • R. B. Seaborn, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Charles Seaborn, aged 37, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1907
  • Charles Seaborn, aged 38, who landed in America from London, England, in 1908
  • John Percy Seaborn, aged 26, who settled in America from London, England, in 1913
  • Kathryn Seaborn, aged 15, who landed in America, in 1923

Australia Seaborn migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Seaborn Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Seaborn, (b. 1798), aged 28, English carpenter who was convicted in Essex, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Earl St Vincent" on 20th April 1826, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1881 [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Seaborn (post 1700) +

  • Dan Seaborn (b. 1960), American non-denominational Christian evangelist and self-proclaimed marriage and family expert
  • James Blair Seaborn (1924-2019), Canadian diplomat and civil servant best remembered for the "Seaborn mission" of 1964–1965
  • Thomas James "Jim" Seaborn (1890-1964), Canadian professional ice hockey player, active 1914 to 1932
  • Robert Lowder Seaborn (1911-1993), Canadian Anglican Bishop of Newfoundland, Canada (1965 to 1980)
  • Richard Harry Seaborn (b. 1917), retired Canadian politician, member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 1958 to 1966
  • Joseph Seaborn Stone (1839-1910), American politician, Member of Florida State House of Representatives, 1895-96 [9]
  • Seaborn Reese (1846-1907), American Democratic Party politician, U.S. Representative from Georgia 8th District, 1882-87 [10]
  • Seaborn Anderson Roddenbery (1870-1913), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Georgia State Legislature, 1892-93; State Court Judge in Georgia, 1897-1901; Mayor of Thomasville, Georgia, 1905 [9]
  • Seaborn Beck Weathers (b. 1946), American pathologist
  • Seaborn J. Buckalew (b. 1920), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Alaska territorial House of Representatives 3rd District, 1955-58; Delegate to Alaska State Constitutional Convention, 1955-56 [11]


  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Charnock, Richard, Stephen, Ludus Patronymicus of The Etymology of Curious Surnames. London: Trubner & Co., 60 Paternoster Row, 1868. Print.
  5. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  6. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  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)
  8. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th September 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/earl-st-vincent
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  10. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  11. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 24) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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