The Sebright name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from 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 Sebright family
The surname Sebright 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 Sebright family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sebright 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 Sebright History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sebright Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Sebright has undergone many spelling variations
, including Seabright, Sebright, Seabricks, Sebricks and others.
Early Notables of the Sebright 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 Sebright Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Sebright family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Sebright were among those contributors:
Sebright Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Eliza Sebright, who landed in Virginia in 1695 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Contemporary Notables of the name Sebright (post 1700)
- Sir John Saunders Sebright (1767-1846), 7th Baronet, English politician and agricultural innovator, known for selective breeding the Sebright chicken
- Sir Hugo Giles Edmund Sebright (1931-1985), 14th Baronet, English peer
- Sir Giles Edward Sebright (1896-1954), 13th Baronet, English peer
- Sir Guy Thomas Saunders Sebright (1856-1933), 12th Baronet, English peer
- Sir Edgar Reginald Saunders Sebright (1854-1917), 11th Baronet, English peer
- Sir Egbert Cecil Saunders Sebright (1871-1897), 10th Baronet, English peer
- Sir John Gage Saunders Sebright (1843-1890), 9th Baronet, English peer
- Sir Thomas Gage Saunders Sebright (1802-1864), 8th Baronet, English peer
- Sir John Saunders Sebright (1725-1794), 6th Baronet, Colonel of the 18th Regiment of Foot (1762-1794)
- Sir Thomas Saunders Sebright (1723-1761), 5th Baronet, English peer