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The Sealey 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 Sealey 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 Sealey family originally lived happy person who had good fortune. It is derive from the Old English word saelig, meaning happy and blessed.

Sealey Early Origins



The surname Sealey was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Sealey Spelling Variations


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Sealey 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 Cely, Ceeley, Celey, Ceely, Ceiley, Seely, Seeley and others.

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Sealey Early History


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Sealey Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sealey research. Another 193 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 10 m, 1602, 1668 and 1630 are included under the topic Early Sealey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sealey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sealey Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sealey Notables 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



In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Sealey

Sealey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Alberta Sealey, aged 24, who landed in America from London, England, in 1912
  • Arthur Sealey, aged 37, who emigrated to America from Redditch, England, in 1913
  • Charlotte Sealey, aged 22, who landed in America, in 1913
  • David Sealey, aged 2, who emigrated to the United States, in 1916
  • Agnes P. Sealey, aged 51, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1917
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sealey Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Joseph Sealey U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Augusta], Ontario c. 1784 he served in the Loyal Rangers, one child [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Justus Sealey U.E., (Seeley) who settled in Elizabeth Town [Elizabethtown], Leeds County, Ontario c. 1784, then resettled in Seeley's Bay, Ontario he served in the Royal Regiment of New York, married twice having 4 children, he died in 1829 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Justus Sealey U.E., (Seeley) who settled in Elizabeth Town [Elizabethtown], Leeds County, Ontario c. 1784 he was a Drummer for the Loyal Rangers, married to Sarah Stewart having 2 children, cousin to Justus Sealey, he died in 1813 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Sealey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Bridget Sealey, aged 19, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Telegraph"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sealey (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sealey (post 1700)



  • John Sealey (b. 1945), English professional footballer
  • Raphael Sealey, English classical scholar and ancient historian
  • Leslie Jesse "Les" Sealey (1957-2001), English footballer
  • Alan William Sealey (1942-1996), English footballer
  • William Oscar Sealey (1859-1940), Canadian farmer, lumber merchant and politician in Ontario
  • Marger Cecilia "MG" Sealey, Venezuela singer songwriter, and actress
  • Anton D. Justin Sealey II (b. 1991), Bahamian footballer

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Citations


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  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  4. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  5. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. 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).
  9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  11. ...

The Sealey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sealey 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.

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