Seabourne History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origin of the name Seabourne 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 Seabourne family

The surname Seabourne 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 Seabourne family

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

Seabourne Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Seabourne family (pre 1700)

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United States Seabourne migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Seabourne Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Seabourne, who arrived in Maryland in 1668 [6]

New Zealand Seabourne migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Seabourne Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Jonothan A. Seabourne, (b. 1850), aged 24, British settler travelling from England aboard the ship "Varuna" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 27th May 1874 [7]


  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. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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