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The Seel history begins in Cornwall, a rugged coastal region in southwestern England. Quite distinct from Devon, the adjoining county, Cornwall had its own spoken language until the late 18th century. The Seel history began here. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames were derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. Unlike most Celtic peoples, who favored patronymic names, the Cornish predominantly used local surnames. The Seel family originally lived in the parish of Seal which had various locations in England including the counties of Northumberland, Leicester, Surrey and Kent.

Seel Early Origins



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

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Seel Spelling Variations


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Seel Spelling Variations



Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Seal, Seale, Seel, Sealey, Sealy, Seally, Sealley and others.

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Seel Early History


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Seel Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Seel research. Another 241 words (17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Seel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Seel Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Seel Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Seel In Ireland


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Seel In Ireland



Some of the Seel family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 107 words (8 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



In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Seel

Seel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Koenraet Seel, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Frantz Seel, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Anna Maria Seel, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751
  • Dorothea Seel, who landed in America in 1752
  • Johan Paulus Seel, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752

Seel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Peper Seel, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Charles, Joseph and Piper Seel all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1870
  • William Seel, aged 34, landed in Missouri in 1841
  • Wilh Seel, who arrived in America in 1852
  • Mrs. Heinr Seel, who arrived in America in 1856
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Seel Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Fred. Seel, aged 23, who settled in America from Leeds, England, in 1907
  • Elizath. Ann Seel, aged 49, who settled in America from Manchester, England, in 1909
  • Franz Seel, aged 32, who emigrated to the United States from Hamburg, Germany, in 1909
  • Emily Seel, aged 16, who landed in America from Manchester, England, in 1910
  • Harry Seel, aged 20, who emigrated to America from Manchester, England, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Seel Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • David Seel arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Andrew Jackson" in 1865

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Contemporary Notables of the name Seel (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Seel (post 1700)



  • Steve Seel (b. 1966), American disc jockey, born in San Francisco
  • Annie Seel (b. 1968), Swedish born woman motorcyclist who set a world altitude record for climbing to Mount Everest base camp on a motorcycle
  • Wolfgang Seel (b. 1948), retired German football player
  • Adolf Seel (1829-1907), German painter

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    6. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    7. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    9. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    10. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
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    The Seel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Seel 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 November 2015 at 19:59.

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