Seaborne History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origin of the name Seaborne 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 Seaborne family

The surname Seaborne 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 Seaborne family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Seaborne 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 Seaborne History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Seaborne Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Seaborne family (pre 1700)

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United States Seaborne migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Seaborne Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Bridget Seaborne, who landed in Maryland in 1654 [6]
  • William Seaborne, who arrived in Virginia in 1697 [6]

Australia Seaborne migration to Australia +

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

Seaborne Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Robert Seaborne, who arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Tam O'Shanter" in 1836 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Seaborne (post 1700) +

  • Sir Edward Seaborne Clouston (1849-1912), 1st Baronet, a Canadian banker and financier, General Manager of the Bank of Montreal
  • Kenneth Seaborne MacAffer (b. 1900), American Republican politician, Chair of Albany County Republican Party, 1938-45; Member of New York Republican State Executive Committee, 1945 [8]


  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. ^ 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)
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TAM O'SHANTER - 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836TamOShanter.htm
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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