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Origins Available: English, German

The name Seeger is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of the Britain and comes from the baptismal name for the son of Sigar which was an Old English personal name.


The surname Seeger was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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. Seeger has been spelled many different ways, including Segar, Seeger, Seegar, Sigar, Sugar, Seager, Sager, Saker, Sakar and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Seeger research. Another 277 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1564, 1633, 1693, and 1768 are included under the topic Early Seeger History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Seeger Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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 Seegers to arrive in North America:

Seeger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johann Nicolas Seeger, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Johann Georg Seeger, who landed in Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Wilhelm Friederich Seeger, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1771
  • Johann Seeger, who arrived in America in 1779

Seeger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Gabriel Seeger settled in Ohio in 1816
  • Gabriel Seeger, who landed in Ohio in 1816
  • Jean Pierre Seeger, who arrived in America in 1832
  • Joh Gerh Seeger, aged 32, landed in America in 1833
  • Hedenke Seeger, aged 8, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
  • ...

Seeger Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Ulrich Seeger came to Nova Scotia between 1749 and 1752
  • Ulrich Seeger, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752

  • Raymond John Seeger (1906-1992), American physicist
  • Toshi Aline Seeger (1922-2013), American filmmaker, producer, and environmental activist, wife of Pete Seeger
  • Ruth Crawford Seeger (1901-1953), born Ruth Porter Crawford, American modernist composer and folk music specialist
  • Alan Seeger (1888-1916), American poet who fought and died in World War I during the Battle of the Somme, uncle of Pete Seeger
  • Mike Seeger (1933-2009), American folk musician and folklorist, half-brother of Pete Seeger
  • Charles Seeger (1886-1979), American musicologist, composer, and teacher
  • Harold "Hal" Seeger (1917-2005), American animated cartoon producer and director (Hal Seeger Productions)
  • Al Seeger (b. 1980), American boxer nicknamed "The Quiet Storm"
  • John Seeger (b. 1914), American scholastic administrator, who also owned and operated Camp Killooleet in Hancock, VT
  • Peter "Pete" Seeger (1919-2014), one of America's best-loved folksingers and an devoted environmentalist, co-author of "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" and "If I Had a Hammer"
  • ...

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    Other References

    1. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    3. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    6. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    8. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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    The Seeger Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Seeger 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 6 February 2014 at 09:08.

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