Searston is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Searston family lived in Essex
. Their name, however, is a reference to Serez, Normandy
, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
Early Origins of the Searston family
The surname Searston was first found in Essex
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Colchester from very ancient times, some say from the reign of King Edmund Ironside in 1016, but this date conflicts with the more likely source of Serez, in the arrondisement of Evreux in Normandy
, supporting the contention that the family were granted these lands after the Norman Conquest
in 1066. They held a family seat there continuously from the conquest to 1770.
Early History of the Searston family
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Searston Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval 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. The name has been spelled Sears, Seares, Seers, Seeres, Sear, Seare, Seer and many more.
Early Notables of the Searston family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Searston family to Ireland
Some of the Searston family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 90 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Searston family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Searston or a variant listed above: George Sears who landed in America in 1746; Joseph Sears settled in Virginia in 1743; Elizabeth Sears settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1820; James Sears settled in New York State in 1823.
The Searston Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Honor et fides
Motto Translation: Honor and fidelity.