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The origins of the Seafen name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in the county of Worcester. Seafen is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. During the Middle Ages, as society became more complex, individuals needed a way to be distinguishable from others. Toponymic surnames were developed as a result of this need. Various features in the landscape or area were used to distinguish people from one another. In this case the original bearers of the surname Seafen were named due to their close proximity to the river Severn.

Early Origins of the Seafen family


The surname Seafen was first found in Worcestershire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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Early History of the Seafen family

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Early History of the Seafen family


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Another 247 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1300 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Seafen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Seafen Spelling Variations

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Seafen Spelling Variations


Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Seafen were recorded, including Severne, Severn, Seven, Sevens, Severin, Seffern, Sefferin and many more.

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Early Notables of the Seafen family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Seafen family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Seafen family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Seafen family to the New World and Oceana


To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Seafen family emigrate to North America: Charles Severin settled in Philadelphia in 1834; Samuel Severn settled in Maryland in 1774; Arthur Severne settled in Virginia in 1654; Benjamin Severn arrived in Philadelphia in 1813.

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The Seafen Motto

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The Seafen Motto


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Virtus praestantior auro
Motto Translation: Virtue is more excellent than gold.


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