Seago History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The German state of Bavariais the ancestral home of the Seago family. Hereditary surnames began to be used in Germany during the 12th century. Names like Seago, that came from the name of the job done by their initial bearer, were very popular. Seago is an occupational name for a maker or purveyor of wax seals of the type commonly used to certify the authenticity of letters and documents until early this century, or a person responsible for the sealing and signing of official documents, a position known as Siegelbeamter. The name comes from the German word "siegel," which means "seal."

Early Origins of the Seago family

The surname Seago was first found in Bavaria, where the family gained a significant reputation for its contributions to the emerging mediaeval society. The name became prominent as many branches of the family founded separate houses and acquired estates in various regions, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society. Individual bearers of the name first mentioned in ancient chronicles include Tetmarus Sigeler of Stettin in Pomerania (c.1263,) and Sigler of Wuerzburg (c.1383). The name literally refers to the position of "Siegelbeamter," responsible for seals and the signing of documents.

Early History of the Seago family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Seago research. Another 251 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1774, 1862, 1560, 1816, 1807, 1777, 1815, 1817, 1818 and 1862 are included under the topic Early Seago History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Seago Spelling Variations

In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Seago include Siegel, Sigel, Sigl, Siegl, Siegler, Sigler, Siglin, Sieglin, Siegelin, Sigelin, Siglen, Sieglen, Siegele and many more.

Early Notables of the Seago family (pre 1700)

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United States Seago migration to the United States +

German settlers were among the most common to come to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. Poverty and religious persecution drove many Bavarians to make this long trek. tenant farmers were also enticed by the prospect of owning land. From east to west, these German immigrants populated the United States, settling in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada also provided homes to many. Early settlers bearing the Seago surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Seago Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • John Shadforth Seago, aged 32, who immigrated to the United States from England, in 1907
  • Samuel William Seago, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States from Greenwich, England, in 1907
  • Mary Seago, aged 31, who settled in America from S. Shields, England, in 1909
  • Elizabeth Seago, aged 11, who immigrated to the United States from S. Shields, England, in 1909
  • Fred Seago, aged 5, who landed in America from S. Shields, England, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Seago (post 1700) +

  • Howie Seago, American deaf actor and director
  • Edward Brian "Ted" Seago (1910-1974), English watercolour and oils artist on Facebook
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