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Sealey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



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. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print

Early listings of the name was typically seen a "sely" and "seli" and was referenced at least twice in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales:

"For sely is that deth, soth for to seyne, That, ofte y- cleped, com'th and endeth peyne"; and

"That Nicholas shal shapen hym a wyle This sely, jalous housbonde to bigyle."

Early Origins of the Sealey family


The surname Sealey was first found in Somerset where the first listings of name were found as a personal name: Sely atte Bergh; Sely Percy; and Sely Scury. All were found in Kirby's Quest temp. 1 Edward III (during the first year's reign of King Edward III. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
The one exception of the aforementioned was William Sely.

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 has some interesting entries too: William Sely in Oxfordshire; Egidius Sely in Norfolk; and John Sely in Gloucestershire. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


Early History of the Sealey family


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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.

Early Notables of the Sealey family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Sealey family to Ireland


Some of the Sealey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Sealey family to the New World and Oceana


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 [4]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 [4]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 [4]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, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Telegraph"

Contemporary Notables of the name Sealey (post 1700)


  • Harry H. Sealey, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 5 aerial victories
  • 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


  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ 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

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