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Where did the English Seay family come from? What is the English Seay family crest and coat of arms? When did the Seay family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Seay family history?

Seay is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Seay family lived in Shropshire. Their name, however, is a reference to Say, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.


Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Seay family name include Say, Saye and others.

First found in Shropshire but the first record of the name was Geoffrey de Saye, Lord of West Greenwich (1135–1214.) His son, Geoffrey de Saye, II (died 1230), Lord of West Greenwich was born in 1155 in West Greenwich, Kent and died in Gascoigne, Poitou, France. His son was Geoffrey de Saye (1155–1230), was an English nobleman, and Magna Carta surety who held lands at Edmonton (now part of London) and Sawbridgeworth (a small town and civil parish in Hertfordshire.) Stratfield Saye is a village and civil parish in Hampshire that includes the hamlets of West End Green, Fair Oak Green and Fair Cross.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Seay research. Another 211 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1214, 1604, 1685, 1649, 1661, 1681, 1691, 1653, 1691, 1664 and 1666 are included under the topic Early Seay History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 107 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Seay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Seay family to immigrate North America:

Seay Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Seay, who arrived in Virginia in 1654

Seay Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Kath Seay, who landed in Virginia in 1713


  • Frank Howell Seay (b. 1938), United States federal judge
  • Richard William "Dick" Seay (1904-1981), American Negro league baseball player
  • William Wayne Seay (1948-1968), American Army soldier and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration—the Medal of Honor
  • Solomon Snowden Seay Sr. (1899-1988), American activist, religious leader, and memoirist
  • Carl D. "Lightning" Lloyd Seay (1919-1941), early American stock car racing driver
  • Clarence Seay (b. 1957), American jazz bassist and composer
  • Abraham Jefferson Seay (1832-1915), American lawyer, soldier, judge, and politician
  • Mark Edward Seay (b. 1967), former professional American football wide receiver
  • Virgil LeVan Seay (b. 1958), former American football wide receiver
  • Thomas Seay (1846-1896), American Democratic politician


  • Descendants of Abraham Seay by Burwell Warren Seay.
  • Seay and Allied Lines of Western Washington County, Arkansas by Billie Allen Jines.

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The Seay Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Seay 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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