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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.


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.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Seavey research. Another 247 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1300 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Seavey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


More information is included under the topic Early Seavey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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

Seavey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Francis A Seavey, aged 30, landed in New York in 1812
  • T Seavey, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • 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
  • ...

  • 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

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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    Other References

    1. 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).
    2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    3. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    10. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
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    The Seavey Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Seavey 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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