The Norman Conquest
in 1066 brought much change to the island nation, including many immigrants with new names. Among these immigrants were the ancestors of the Seemore family, who lived in Monmouthshire
. Their name, however, is a reference to St. Maur,
near Avranches, Normandy
, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
Early Origins of the Seemore family
The surname Seemore was first found in Monmouthshire
. However, records differ on who was the progenitor of the family. One reference claims that Wido de St. Maur came to England
in 1066 but was deceased before 1086 and would have therefore not appeared in the Domesday Book
. His son William Fits-Wido held a barony in Somerset
and Gloucester and ten manors in Somerset
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)
"A Gilbertine priory, in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary, was founded [in Poulton, Gloucestershire] about 1347, by Sir Thomas de Sancto Mauro, or Seymor." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Another reference claims they were descended from Roger Sancto Maure who lived during the reign of Henry I and was Lord of Seymour Castle. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Seemore family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Seemore research.Another 105 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1458, 1508, 1537, 1474, 1536, 1547, 1549, 1528, 1593, 1563, 1613, 1599, 1674, 1663, 1646, 1648, 1632, 1708 and are included under the topic Early Seemore History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Seemore Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Seemore were recorded, including St. Maur, Seymour, Seymer, Seymar, Seamor, Seamour, Seemour and many more.
Early Notables of the Seemore family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Seymor, High Sheriff
in 1458; Jane Seymour (1508-1537), Queen consort of England
as the third wife of King Henry VIII; Sir John Seymour, of Wiltshire
, KB (c.1474-1536), English gentry, courtier to King Henry VIII, father of the king's wife Jane... Another 86 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Seemore Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Seemore family to Ireland
Some of the Seemore family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 64 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Seemore family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Seemore arrived in North America very early: William Seymour who settled in Virginia in 1653; George Seymour settled in Barbados in 1679; William Seymour settled in Maryland in 1725; John Seymer was banished to Barbados in 1685.
The Seemore Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Foy pour devoir
Motto Translation: Faith for duty.