The ancient history of the Sebrea name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided 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 Sebrea family
The surname Sebrea 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 Sebrea family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sebrea 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 Sebrea History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sebrea Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Sebrea include Seabright, Sebright, Seabricks, Sebricks and others.
Early Notables of the Sebrea 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 Sebrea Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Sebrea family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Sebrea or a variant listed above: Joseph Seabright who arrived in Maryland in 1774.