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The ancient Anglo-Saxon surname Seelye came from happy person who had good fortune. It is derive from the Old English word saelig, meaning happy and blessed.

Seelye Early Origins



The surname Seelye 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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Seelye Spelling Variations


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Seelye Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Seelye has been recorded under many different variations, including Cely, Ceeley, Celey, Ceely, Ceiley, Seely, Seeley and others.

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Seelye Early History


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Seelye Early History



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

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Seelye Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Seelye Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Seelye or a variant listed above: Robert Seely, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1630 with the Winthrop Fleet; William Seely, who came to Barbados in 1635; John Seely, who came to Virginia in 1654.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Seelye (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Seelye (post 1700)



  • Talcott Williams Seelye (1922-2006), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia, 1972-76; Syria, 1978-81
  • Julius Hawley Seelye (1824-1895), American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Governor of Massachusetts, 1884
  • Gilbert T. Seelye (b. 1877), American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Saratoga County, 1913-18; Member of New York State Senate, 1939-60
  • E. A. Seelye, American politician, Member of Michigan Prohibition Party State Central Committee, 1899

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    2. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    3. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    6. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    8. 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).
    9. 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.
    10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
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    The Seelye Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Seelye 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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