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Seaward is an ancient Anglo-Saxon surname that came from the baptismal name Siward, which was an Old English personal name. Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames.

Seaward Early Origins



The surname Seaward was first found in Devon 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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Seaward Spelling Variations


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Seaward Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Seaward has been recorded under many different variations, including Seward, Sewerd, Saward and others.

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Seaward Early History


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Seaward Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Seaward research. Another 169 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1053, 1641, 1658, 1701, 1657 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Seaward History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Seaward Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Seaward Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Seaward Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Seaward In Ireland


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Seaward In Ireland



Some of the Seaward family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 81 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Seaward or a variant listed above:

Seaward Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Seaward, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Thomas Seaward, who landed in Maryland in 1667
  • Josias Seaward, who landed in Maryland in 1668
  • Elizabeth Seaward, who arrived in Maryland in 1668
  • James Seaward, who landed in Maryland in 1674

Seaward Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Seaward, who arrived in New England in 1715

Seaward Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Seaward, aged 22, a farm labourer, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Renfrewshire" in 1878

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Contemporary Notables of the name Seaward (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Seaward (post 1700)



  • Carolyn Ann Seaward (b. 1960), English actress and former beauty queen from Devon, Miss England (1979)
  • Tracey Seaward (b. 1965), English BAFTA Award wining and two-time Academy Award nominated film producer
  • Sydney Seaward (b. 1884), English actor, known for Doc (1914), Men Like These (1932) and Officer 666 (1914)
  • John Seaward (1786-1858), British civil engineer and mechanical engineer who introduced gas lighting to several towns in France, Belgium, and the Netherlands

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    3. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    6. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    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. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
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    The Seaward Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Seaward 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.

    This page was last modified on 15 January 2016 at 10:58.

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