Sebring History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Sebring is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family 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.

Sebert, Saberet or Saba (died 616?) was the first Christian king of the East- Saxons, son of Sledda, king of the East- Saxons. Sebert is said to have founded Westminster Abbey, but this is a late legend. "In 1308 a tomb, said to be that of Sebert, was opened in Westminster Abbey for the purpose of translating the relics, and the right hand and forearm of the body were found undecayed." [1]

Early Origins of the Sebring family

The surname Sebring 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." [2]

Early History of the Sebring family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sebring research. Another 73 words (5 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 Sebring History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sebring Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Sebring has been spelled many different ways, including Seabright, Sebright, Seabricks, Sebricks and others.

Early Notables of the Sebring 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 Sebring Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Sebring migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Sebrings to arrive in North America:

Sebring Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jan Roelofse Sebring, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1620-1664 [3]

Canada Sebring migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sebring Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Sebring, who arrived in Canada in 1841

Contemporary Notables of the name Sebring (post 1700) +

  • James Dennison Sebring (1882-1909), American Major League Baseball player
  • Harold Leon "Tom" Sebring (1898-1968), American judge, Florida Supreme Court justice, judge at the Nuremberg Trials
  • Jay Sebring (1933-1969), American hair stylist for celebrities, founder of Sebring International
  • William H. Sebring, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1884; Mayor of Jacksonville, Florida, 1907-09 [4]
  • Reoloff Sebring, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Somerset County, 1777-79 [4]
  • Isaac Sebring, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County, 1810-13 [4]
  • Harold L. Sebring, American politician, Justice of Florida State Supreme Court, 1943-55 [4]

  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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