Show ContentsSeamans History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Seamans is Anglo-Saxon in origin. It is derived from the Old English "saemann," meaning "sea-man," and was likely first borne by a sailor. "Sæmann occurs in Domesday-Book. Seman is the usual 13th-cent [version of the name] Occasionally this name may represent the Anglo-Saxon Saemund [Old English sae, sea+mund, protector] and Sigemund [Old English sige, victory]" [1]

"In the Domesday of Surrey there is a Seman, who held lands before the making of that record. Anglo-Saxon Sae-mann, a sailor." [2]

Early Origins of the Seamans family

The surname Seamans was first found in Suffolk, where the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list: Seman de Reston; Seman le Carpenter; Seman Eche; and Robert filius Seman at that time. The first record of the family was listed in Hodgson's History of Northumberland where John filius Semanni was listed there in 1169. [3]

Kirby's Quest lists Seman le Collar in Somerset, 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward's reign.) [4]

Later, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list Robertus Saymon. [3]

Early History of the Seamans family

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Seamans Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Seaman, Seamom, Semon, Seman, Seamons, Semones and many more.

Early Notables of the Seamans family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include William Seaman (1606-1680), English Orientalist, first translator of the New Testament into Turkish. In 1628 he became rector of Upton-Scudamore, a living in the gift of Queen's College, Oxford, which he held up to the time of his death. Lazarus Seaman (died 1675), was an English Puritan divine, a native of Leicester, where he was born...
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Seamans Ranking

In the United States, the name Seamans is the 13,163rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [5]

United States Seamans migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Seamans Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. L.H. Seamans, aged 38, who landed in America, in 1894
Seamans Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Wm. S. Seamans, aged 12, who landed in America, in 1904
  • Manning Seamans, aged 50, who immigrated to America, in 1909
  • Clarence Seamans, aged 60, who immigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • Dorothy Seamans, aged 20, who settled in America, in 1909
  • Annie Seamans, aged 49, who landed in America, in 1911
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Australia Seamans migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Seamans Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Seamans, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orator" in 1849 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Seamans (post 1700) +

  • Samuel Seamans (b. 1968), American Assisting Bishop in the Diocese of Mid-America of the Reformed Episcopal Church
  • Clarence Walker Seamans (1854-1915), American typewriter manufacturer and executive with the Remington Typewriter Company
  • Robert Channing Seamans Jr. (1918-2008), NASA Deputy Administrator and MIT professor from Salem, Massachusetts
  • Hubert James Seamans (b. 1951), Canadian businessman and former politician, Minister of Municipal Affairs (1989-1991)

  1. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. 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. 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.
  5. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  6. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ORATOR 1849. Retrieved from on Facebook