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The surname See was first found in Kent where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Seal in that shire. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, Seal at the Domesday Book was held by Geoffrey de Rots as an undertenant from the Bishop of Bayeux. The holding was a fishery, consisting mainly of eels. Not surprisingly, the family Coat of Arms shows salmon swimming.

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See Spelling Variations


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See Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: See, Sea, Seigh and others.

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See Early History


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See Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our See research. Another 207 words (15 lines of text) covering the year 1902 is included under the topic Early See History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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See Early Notables (pre 1700)


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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

See Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas See settled in Maryland in 1678
  • Thomas See, who landed in Maryland in 1678

See Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Marguerite See, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1700
  • Johan Bernhard See, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1740
  • Philip See, aged 27, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • Alexander See settled in South Carolina with his wife and 10 children in 1755
  • Alexander See, who arrived in South Carolina in 1755

See Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Nevin See settled in New York in 1811
  • Nevin See, who arrived in New Jersey in 1811
  • Joachim See, who landed in Texas in 1852

See Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Herman See U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Hermanus See U.E., (Herman, Sea) who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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Contemporary Notables of the name See (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name See (post 1700)




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Suggested Readings for the name See


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Suggested Readings for the name See



  • The History and Genealogy of the See and Related Families by Joseph Benjamin See.

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Citations


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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  5. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  8. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
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The See Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The See 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.

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