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An excerpt from archives copyright 2000 - 2016

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. 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.


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.

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." [1]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sebring 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 Sebring History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 145 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sebring Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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

Sebring Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Sebring, who arrived in Canada in 1841


  • 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
  • Reoloff Sebring, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Somerset County, 1777-79
  • Isaac Sebring, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County, 1810-13
  • Harold L. Sebring, American politician, Justice of Florida State Supreme Court, 1943-55


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  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

Other References

  1. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  3. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  4. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  5. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  11. ...

The Sebring Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Sebring 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.

This page was last modified on 14 January 2016 at 09:19.

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