Seemann History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Seemann 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 Seemann family

The surname Seemann 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 Seemann family

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

Seemann Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Seemann 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 Seemann Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Seemann migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Seemann Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johann Wilhelm Seemann, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1773 [5]
Seemann Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Seemann, who landed in Ohio in 1832 [5]
  • Sophia Seemann, who arrived in New York in 1850 [5]
  • Johann Seemann, who arrived in New York in 1850 [5]
Seemann Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • John Baptist Seemann, who arrived in Alabama in 1917 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Seemann (post 1700) +

  • Jeff Seemann, American Democratic politician for Ohio
  • Richard Seemann, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in SAINT Michaels, 1884 [6]
  • John C. Seemann, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Albany County 2nd District, 1900 [6]
  • Henry Seemann, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Ridgefield, 1948 [6]
  • Ernest J. Seemann, American politician, Representative from Iowa 3rd District, 1940; Progressive New Dealer Candidate for U.S. Senator from Iowa, 1942 [6]
  • Horst Seemann (1937-2000), German film director and screenwriter who directed 19 films
  • Lindsay Seemann (b. 1992), Canadian swimmer at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games
  • Berthold Carl Seemann (1825-1871), German botanist who travelled throughout the Pacific and South America
  • Finn Ludvig Seemann (1944-1985), Norwegian footballer


  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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