Seaver History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The roots of the German surname Seaver can be traced to the Old Germanic word "Siebmacher," meaning "sieve maker." The surname is occupational in origin, and was most likely originally borne by someone who held this position.

Early Origins of the Seaver family

The surname Seaver was first found in the territory of Meissen in eastern Saxony, where the name could be considered to have made an early contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of modern European. The name became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the widespread tribal and national conflicts, with each group seeking power and status in an unstable territorial profile.

Early History of the Seaver family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Seaver research. Another 168 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1741, 1816, 1818, and 1862 are included under the topic Early Seaver History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Seaver Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Sieber, Sieb, Seeb, Seeber, Seaver, Sieberer, Siebmacher, Siebers, Siebe, Siebmann, Siep, Sieper, Sieppert, Siebert, Siepmann, Siber and many more.

Early Notables of the Seaver family (pre 1700)

Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Seaver Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Seaver migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Seaver Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Seaver, who landed in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1635 [1]
  • Hugh Seaver, who landed in Virginia in 1637 [1]
Seaver Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Valentine Seaver, who settled in Virginia in 1732
Seaver Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Seaver, aged 36, who arrived in Rhode Island in 1812 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Seaver (post 1700) +

  • George Thomas "Tom" Seaver (b. 1944), nicknamed Tom Terrific and The Franchise, American former Major League Baseball player, 12× All-Star, 3× NL Cy Young Award (1969, 1973, 1975), inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992
  • Robert Chauncey Seaver (1877-1944), American amateur tennis player
  • Jay Webber Seaver (1855-1915), American physician and pioneer of anthropometry from Craftsbury, Vermont
  • Fred Jay Seaver (1877-1970), American mycologist who worked at the New York Botanical Garden for 40 years
  • Edwin Seaver (1900-1987), American publisher, writer, editor, critic
  • Benjamin Seaver (1795-1856), American politician from Massachusetts; Mayor of Boston 1852–53
  • Thomas O. Seaver (1833-1912), American Army officer during the American Civil War; recipient of the Medal of Honor
  • Richard Seaver (1927-2009), American owner of Arcade Publishing
  • Hideo Seaver, American voice actor
  • Ebenezer Seaver (1763-1844), American politician from Massachusetts; U.S. representative 1803–13
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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