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The name Seely is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from happy person who had good fortune. It is derive from the Old English word saelig, meaning happy and blessed.

Seely Early Origins



The surname Seely 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.

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Seely Spelling Variations


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Seely Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Seely include Cely, Ceeley, Celey, Ceely, Ceiley, Seely, Seeley and others.

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Seely Early History


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Seely Early History



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

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Seely Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Seely Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration



A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Seely Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Seely, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1630 with the Winthrop Fleet
  • William Seely, who came to Barbados in 1635
  • William Seely, aged 29, arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • John Seely, who came to Virginia in 1654
  • Obadiah Seely, aged 30, landed in New York in 1679

Seely Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Cornelius Seely, who landed in Mississippi in 1798

Seely Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John T Seely, aged 24, arrived in Key West, Fla in 1839
  • E Seely, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850

Seely Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Jacob Seely, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Jacob Seely, who was on record in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1752
  • Seth Seely, who arrived in New Brunswick in 1783
  • Seth, Seely Jr., who landed in New Brunswick in 1783
  • Mr. Seth Seely U.E. born in Stamford, Connecticut, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 passenger aboard the Union Transport, he was a Farmer [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Seely Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William Seely, aged 20, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Preston" from Sligo, Ireland

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Contemporary Notables of the name Seely (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Seely (post 1700)



  • Joe Seely, American actor who has starred in films and television
  • Orange Seely (1843-1918), American Mormon pioneer and early settler of Utah
  • Sybil Seely (1902-1984), American silent film actress
  • Jeannie Seely (b. 1940), American country music singer
  • Fred Loring Seely (1871-1942), American newspaperman, chemist, inventor and philanthropist
  • Jonas Seely, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Seneca County, 1823-24
  • James L. Seely Jr., American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Steuben County 2nd District, 1913-14
  • J. Seely, American politician, U.S. Attorney for Nevada, 1870-75
  • H. B. Seely, American Republican politician, Candidate for Iowa State House of Representatives from Kossuth County, 1950
  • Dave Starr Seely, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Utah 1st District, 2000
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  5. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  6. 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).
  7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. 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).
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The Seely Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Seely 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 13 June 2016 at 11:31.

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