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Seears is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Seears family lived in Essex. Their name, however, is a reference to Serez, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

Seears Early Origins



The surname Seears was first found in Essex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Colchester from very ancient times, some say from the reign of King Edmund Ironside in 1016, but this date conflicts with the more likely source of Serez, in the arrondisement of Evreux in Normandy, supporting the contention that the family were granted these lands after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. They held a family seat there continuously from the conquest to 1770.

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Seears Spelling Variations


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Seears Spelling Variations



Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Sears, Seares, Seers, Seeres, Sear, Seare, Seer and many more.

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Seears Early History


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Seears Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Seears research. Another 210 words (15 lines of text) covering the year 1630 is included under the topic Early Seears History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Seears Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Seears Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Seears Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Seears In Ireland


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Seears In Ireland



Some of the Seears family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 90 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Seears or a variant listed above: George Sears who landed in America in 1746; Joseph Sears settled in Virginia in 1743; Elizabeth Sears settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1820; James Sears settled in New York State in 1823.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Seears (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Seears (post 1700)



  • Tim Seears, British Research Assistant at Space and Atmospheric Physics Group, Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College London, U.K
  • Alana Seears, Australian actress, known for her work on Bird Song (2013) and An Afternoon Tea (2012)
  • Pat Seears, Australian founder of Seears Workwear, Fyshwick, Australian Capital Territory

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Honor et fides
Motto Translation: Honor and fidelity.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    3. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    4. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    6. 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).
    7. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    9. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    11. ...

    The Seears Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Seears 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 5 March 2015 at 16:04.

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