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The Atlantic Ocean to the north and west and the English Channel to the south borders Cornwall, the homeland to the Seale family name. Even though the usage of surnames was common during the Middle Ages, all English people were known only by a single name in early times. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. The Seale family originally lived in the parish of Seal which had various locations in England including the counties of Northumberland, Leicester, Surrey and Kent.

Seale Early Origins



The surname Seale was first found in Northumberland 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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Seale Spelling Variations


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Seale Spelling Variations



Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Seal, Seale, Seel, Sealey, Sealy, Seally, Sealley and others.

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Seale Early History


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Seale Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Seale research. Another 241 words (17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Seale History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Seale Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Seale Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Seale In Ireland


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Seale In Ireland



Some of the Seale family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Seale or a variant listed above:

Seale Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Seale settled in Virginia in 1637
  • Edward Seale, who arrived in Marblehead, Massachusetts in 1637
  • Hen Seale, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
  • Mary Seale, who arrived in Virginia in 1652
  • William Seale, who landed in Virginia in 1656
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Seale Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Nich Seale, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Antho Seale, who landed in Virginia in 1704
  • William Seale, who arrived in Maryland in 1740

Seale Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Henry Seale arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859

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Contemporary Notables of the name Seale (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Seale (post 1700)



  • Bobby Seale (b. 1937), American civil rights activist
  • John Seale (b. 1942), Australian cinematographer, winner of an Oscar for the 1996 film The English Patient
  • Douglas Seale (1913-1999), English voice actor, best known as the Sultan in the movie Aladdin
  • Patrick Seale, British journalist

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    2. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    6. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    7. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    11. ...

    The Seale Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Seale Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 5 June 2016 at 08:59.

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