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The Seales history begins in Cornwall, a rugged coastal region in southwestern England. Quite distinct from Devon, the adjoining county, Cornwall had its own spoken language until the late 18th century. The Seales history began here. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames were derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. Unlike most Celtic peoples, who favored patronymic names, the Cornish predominantly used local surnames. The Seales family originally lived in the parish of Seal which had various locations in England including the counties of Northumberland, Leicester, Surrey and Kent.

Seales Early Origins



The surname Seales 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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Seales Spelling Variations


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Seales 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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Seales Early History


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Seales Early History



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

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Seales Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Seales Early Notables (pre 1700)



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Seales In Ireland


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Seales In Ireland



Some of the Seales 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 records show that people bearing the name Seales arrived in North America quite early:

Seales Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Seales, who arrived in Virginia in 1652

Seales Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Seales arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1858
  • Mark Seales, aged 30, a shepherd, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Siberia" in 1870
  • Mary Seales, aged 29, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Siberia" in 1870
  • George Seales, aged 8, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Siberia" in 1870
  • Bertha E. Seales, aged 1, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Siberia" in 1870
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Seales (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Seales (post 1700)



  • J. C. Seales, American politician, Democrat Candidate for Mayor of Westbrook, Maine, 1893
  • Marc Seales, American contemporary jazz pianist
  • Franklyn Seales (1952-1990), American film, television and stage actor, known for his roles in The Onion Field, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and Southern Comfort
  • "Sugar" Ray Seales (b. 1952), American gold medalist boxer at the 1972 Summer Olympics
  • Lecretia Seales (1973-2015), New Zealand lawyer and voluntary euthanasia advocate

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Citations


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    Other References

    1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    2. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    3. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    4. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    8. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    9. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    11. ...

    The Seales Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Seales 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 1 June 2016 at 08:43.

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