Sebray is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from a family once having lived in Sebright in the county of Essex
which was later known as Great Seabright in Great Beddow in Essex
. This surname is also of patronymic
origin in that it was originally derived from the baptismal name Seabert,
taken from the Old English personal name Saebeorht.
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.
Early Origins of the Sebray family
The surname Sebray was first found in Essex
where "William Sebright of Sebright, in Much Beddow, living in the reign of Henry II is the ancestor of this ancient family who removed into this county (Worcestershire) at a very early period." CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Early History of the Sebray family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sebray research.Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1585, 1658, 1645, 1679, 1668, 1702, 1692, 1736, 1706, 1764, 1729 and 1796 are included under the topic Early Sebray History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sebray 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. Sebray has been recorded under many different variations, including Seabright, Sebright, Seabricks, Sebricks and others.
Early Notables of the Sebray family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir Edward Sebright, 1st Baronet (c.
1585-c. 1658) of Besford in the County of Worcester, High Sheriff
of Worcestershire; Sir Edward Sebright, 2nd Baronet (c.
1645-1679); Sir Edward Sebright, 3rd Baronet
(1668-1702)... Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sebray Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Sebray family to the New World and Oceana
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 Sebray or a variant listed above: Joseph Seabright who arrived in Maryland in 1774.