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The surname Seelig is a ancient German name that originated in the Rhineland. While the Germans at first used only one name, population increases created confusion among people of the same name, forcing them to adopt hereditary surnames. Two common types of German names are patronymic names, taken from the given name of the father, and metronymic names, taken from the name of the mother. Seelig was derived from the baptismal name for the son of Selig, which originated as a pet form of several German personal names, including Salger, Salafrid and Selibrand.

Seelig Early Origins



The surname Seelig was first found in the Rhineland, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this Prussian territory an important factor in the development of the nation. The literal meaning of this name in its mediaeval context was "happy" or "cheerful." Ancient chronicles first mention a bearer of this name, one Godefrid Selicheit of the ancient imperial city of Worms, around 1196.

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Seelig Spelling Variations


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Seelig Spelling Variations



One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Seelig include Selig, Seliger (Silesia), Seelig, Seeliger, Seelinger, Zelig, Seliche, Solige, Selege, Selik, Selich, Zelich, Zelik, Selligman, Seligman, Seligmann, Selichman and many more.

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Seelig Early History


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Seelig Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Seelig research. Another 159 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1196, 1365, 1370, and 1464 are included under the topic Early Seelig History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Seelig Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Seelig Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 23 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Seelig Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Hundreds of thousands of Europeans, including many Rhinelanders, made the voyage to North America between the 17th and 20th centuries. It was an escape from religious persecution and poverty and also an opportunity for people to start over and own their own land. Most landed at Ellis Island, off New York before moving on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, and California. Some also landed in Canada and settled in Ontario, while others headed west to the prairie provinces. A study of passenger and immigration lists has shown a number of people bearing the name of Seelig, or one of its variants, reaching North America shores very early:

Seelig Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Johannes G. Seelig, who sailed to Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1694

Seelig Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johan Michael Seelig, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754
  • Michael Seelig, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754

Seelig Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Franz Seelig, aged 33, arrived in Missouri in 1848
  • Adam Joseph Seelig, who arrived in America in 1853
  • John Seelig, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872
  • Simon Seelig, who arrived in Arkansas in 1873
  • Barrouch Seelig, who landed in Arkansas in 1890

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Contemporary Notables of the name Seelig (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Seelig (post 1700)



  • Wyckham Seelig, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 2008
  • Lee D. Seelig, American politician, Member of Missouri State Senate 7th District, 1937-40

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    Other References

    1. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    8. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    9. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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    The Seelig Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Seelig 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 9 December 2015 at 09:18.

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