Seeman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Seeman is Anglo-Saxon in origin. It is derived from the Old English "saemann," meaning "sea-man," and was likely first borne by a sailor. "Sæmann occurs in Domesday-Book. Seman is the usual 13th-cent [version of the name] Occasionally this name may represent the Anglo-Saxon Saemund [Old English sae, sea+mund, protector] and Sigemund [Old English sige, victory]" [1]

"In the Domesday of Surrey there is a Seman, who held lands before the making of that record. Anglo-Saxon Sae-mann, a sailor." [2]

Early Origins of the Seeman family

The surname Seeman was first found in Suffolk, where the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list: Seman de Reston; Seman le Carpenter; Seman Eche; and Robert filius Seman at that time. The first record of the family was listed in Hodgson's History of Northumberland where John filius Semanni was listed there in 1169. [3]

Kirby's Quest lists Seman le Collar in Somerset, 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward's reign.) [4]

Later, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list Robertus Saymon. [3]

Early History of the Seeman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Seeman research. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1606, 1680, 1628, 1675 and 1044 are included under the topic Early Seeman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Seeman Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Seaman, Seamom, Semon, Seman, Seamons, Semones and many more.

Early Notables of the Seeman family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include William Seaman (1606-1680), English Orientalist, first translator of the New Testament into Turkish. In 1628 he became rector of Upton-Scudamore, a living in the gift of Queen's College, Oxford, which he held up to the time of his death. Lazarus Seaman (died 1675), was an English Puritan divine, a native of Leicester, where he was born...
Another 62 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Seeman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Seeman migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Seeman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Catharine Dorothy Seeman, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [5]
  • Heinrich Seeman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748 [5]
  • Johan Ludwig Seeman, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1748 [5]
  • Anna Catha Seeman, aged 27, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1787 [5]
Seeman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Seeman, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [5]
  • Joseph Seeman, who landed in Ohio in 1812 [5]
  • Christian Seeman, who arrived in Maryland in 1838 [5]
  • Claus Seeman, who landed in Iowa in 1885 [5]
  • John G Seeman, who arrived in Arkansas in 1898 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Seeman (post 1700) +

  • Jerry Seeman (1936-2013), American NFL football official; he officiated two Pro Bowls, and two Super Bowls
  • Lee Seeman, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1996, 2000 [6]


  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  5. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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