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The illustrious surname Sealy finds its origin in the rocky, sea swept coastal area of southwestern England known as Cornwall. Although surnames were fairly widespread in medieval England, people were originally known only by a single name. The process by which hereditary surnames were adopted is extremely interesting. As populations grew, people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Under the Feudal System of government, surnames evolved and they often reflected life on the manor and in the field. Lords and their tenants often became known by the name of the feudal territory they owned or lived on. Unlike most Celtic peoples, who favored patronymic names, the Cornish predominantly used local surnames. This was due to the heavy political and cultural influence of the English upon the Cornish People at the time that surnames first came into use. Local surnames were derived from where a person lived, held land, or was born. While many Cornish surnames of this sort appear to be topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees, many are actually habitation surnames derived from lost or unrecorded place names. The name Sealy is a local type of surname and the Sealy family lived happy person who had good fortune. It is derive from the Old English word saelig, meaning happy and blessed.

Sealy Early Origins



The surname Sealy 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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Sealy Spelling Variations


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Sealy 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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Sealy Early History


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Sealy Early History



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

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Sealy Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sealy Early Notables (pre 1700)



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



An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Sealy:

Sealy Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Frances Sealy, who settled in Jamaica in 1685

Sealy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hannah Sealy, who came to America in 1733
  • Charles Sealy, who arrived in Maryland in 1775

Sealy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edward Sealy, who settled in Baltimore in 1830
  • Ann Sealy, who came to Boston in 1849
  • D. Sealy, who arrived in San Francisco in 1852

Sealy Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Benjamin Sealy, who settled in Nova Scotia in 1762
  • Mr. Juston Sealy U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John City], New Brunswick c. 1784 [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

Sealy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Sealy, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823

Sealy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Sealy arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cashmere" in 1854
  • Maude Sealy arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cashmere" in 1854
  • Alfred Sealy arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cashmere" in 1854

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sealy (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sealy (post 1700)



  • Malik Sealy (1970-2000), American professional NBA basketball player
  • Anthony John "Tony" Sealy (b. 1959), English former football forward, current manager at Hong Kong FC
  • Irwin Allan Sealy (b. 1951), Indian writer who was shortlisted for the 1998 Booker prize
  • Glenroy Ricardo Sealy (b. 1940), Barbadian-born Canadian cricketer
  • James "Jim" Sealy (1876-1949), Irish rugby union player who won nine caps for Ireland
  • Scott Ryan Sealy (b. 1981), Trinidadian footballer

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Sealy Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  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
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823

Other References

  1. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  2. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  6. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  10. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
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The Sealy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sealy 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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