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]" CITATION[CLOSE]
Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
"In the Domesday of Surrey there is a Seman, who held lands before the making of that record. Anglo-Saxon Sae-mann, a sailor." CITATION[CLOSE]
Early Origins of the Seemen family
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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Kirby's Quest lists Seman le Collar in Somerset, 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward's reign.) CITATION[CLOSE]
Later, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list Robertus Saymon. CITATION[CLOSE]
Early History of the Seemen family
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Seemen Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Seaman, Seamom, Semon, Seman, Seamons, Semones and many more.
Early Notables of the Seemen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Seemen family to Ireland
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Migration of the Seemen family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Seaman, who came to Connecticut in 1640; Ed Seaman, who settled in Virginia in 1669; George Seaman, who immigrated to Barbados in 1685; Benjamin Seaman, who was naturalized in New York in 1776.
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