Seemour is a name that was brought to England
by the ancestors of the Seemour family when they migrated to the region after the Norman Conquest
in 1066. The Seemour family 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 Seemour family
The surname Seemour 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 Seemour family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Seemour 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 Seemour History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Seemour Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Seemour have been found, including St. Maur, Seymour, Seymer, Seymar, Seamor, Seamour, Seemour and many more.
Early Notables of the Seemour 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 Seemour Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Seemour family to Ireland
Some of the Seemour 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 Seemour family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Seemour were among those contributors: 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 Seemour 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.