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The rich and ancient history of the Seeley family name dates back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes from happy person who had good fortune. It is derive from the Old English word saelig, meaning happy and blessed.

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The surname Seeley was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Seeley have been found, including Cely, Ceeley, Celey, Ceely, Ceiley, Seely, Seeley and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Seeley research. Another 193 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 10 m, 1602, 1668 and 1630 are included under the topic Early Seeley History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 85 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Seeley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Seeley, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

Seeley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Robert Seeley, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630

Seeley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Alice T. Seeley, aged 29, who emigrated to America from Cork, in 1904
  • Alfred H. Seeley, aged 20, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Arthur Seeley, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1917
  • Annie Seeley, aged 1, who landed in America from Gathabawn, Ireland, in 1920
  • Alfred Seeley, aged 49, who emigrated to the United States from Rochdale, England, in 1920


Seeley Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century


  • Arthur Seeley, aged 51, who settled in Change Islands, Newfoundland, in 1923

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  • William E. Seeley, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut, 1900; Connecticut state comptroller, 1903-05
  • Thomas Seeley, American Republican politician, Delegate to Iowa State Constitutional Convention 27th District, 1857; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1860
  • Thaddeus D. Seeley (b. 1867), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Oakland County 1st District, 1901-04
  • Roy M. Seeley, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 21st District, 1932
  • Sherwood Seeley, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Weston, 1837
  • R. L. Seeley, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1856
  • P. G. Seeley, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Washington; Elected 1920
  • Nathan Seeley Jr., American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Danbury, 1842, 1855
  • John G. Seeley, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 4th District, 1858
  • John W. Seeley, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Utah, 1904

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  • The Seeley-Seely-Sellye Family of Connecticut and Ohio by Helene Bromwell Ault.
  • Descendants of Robert Seeley: Robert Seeley, born 1600/01, England, died October 1667, New York City, N.Y. by Esther Hogg Houtz.
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  2. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
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The Seeley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Seeley 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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