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The lineage of the name Seavey begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in the county of Worcester. Seavey is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. During the Middle Ages, as society became more complex, individuals needed a way to be distinguishable from others. Toponymic surnames were developed as a result of this need. Various features in the landscape or area were used to distinguish people from one another. In this case the original bearers of the surname Seavey were named due to their close proximity to the river Severn.

Early Origins of the Seavey family


The surname Seavey was first found in Worcestershire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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Early History of the Seavey family

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Early History of the Seavey family


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Seavey Spelling Variations

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Seavey Spelling Variations


Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Seavey has undergone many spelling variations, including Severne, Severn, Seven, Sevens, Severin, Seffern, Sefferin and many more.

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Early Notables of the Seavey family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Seavey family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Seavey family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Seavey family to the New World and Oceana


To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Seavey were among those contributors:

Seavey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Seavey, who landed in Portsmouth, NH in 1631 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Seavey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Francis A Seavey, aged 30, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • T Seavey, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • E. A. Seavey, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1896
  • Fred H. Seavey, aged 42, who settled in America, in 1896

Seavey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Ella Seavey, aged 2, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Elizabeth Seavey, aged 40, who emigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Arthur Seavey, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • E. M. Seavey, aged 23, who emigrated to America, in 1919
  • Galen F. Seavey, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1919
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Seavey (post 1700)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Seavey (post 1700)


  • Clyde Follet Seavey (1904-1991), American artist
  • Mitch Seavey, American dog musher, winner of the 1,112-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race across the U.S. state of Alaska in 2004
  • Dan "Roaring Dan" Seavey (1867-1949), American notorious pirate on the Great Lakes in the early 20th century

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The Seavey Motto

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The Seavey 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: Virtus praestantior auro
Motto Translation: Virtue is more excellent than gold.


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Citations

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  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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