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The name Seawell first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in the county of Worcester. Seawell 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 Seawell were named due to their close proximity to the river Severn.

Seawell Early Origins



The surname Seawell 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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Seawell Spelling Variations


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Seawell Spelling Variations



One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Seawell has appeared include Severne, Severn, Seven, Sevens, Severin, Seffern, Sefferin and many more.

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Seawell Early History


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Seawell Early History



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

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Seawell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Seawell Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Seawell arrived in North America very early:

Seawell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Mercy Seawell, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
  • Thomas Seawell, who arrived in Virginia in 1638
  • Jervis Seawell, who landed in Virginia in 1638
  • Tho Seawell, who landed in Virginia in 1647
  • Henry Seawell, who landed in Newbury, Massachusetts in 1654

Seawell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Antho Seawell, who landed in Virginia in 1703

Seawell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J H Seawell, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850

Seawell Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Edward Seawell, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749

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Contemporary Notables of the name Seawell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Seawell (post 1700)



  • Buie Seawell (b. 1937), American professor at the University of Denver
  • Aaron Ashley Flowers Seawell (1864-1950), American politician and jurist from North Carolina
  • Donald R. Seawell (1912-2015), American cultural and civic leader, founder of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, son of Aaron F. Seawell

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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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Citations



    Other References

    1. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    3. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    4. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    5. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    6. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    8. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    10. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
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    The Seawell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Seawell 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 1 October 2015 at 14:57.

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