Show ContentsSeeney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the name Seeney goes back, perhaps as far as 1066, when the Norman Conquest of England occurred. Soon after this event, the name would have been given to a person with lordly bearing, or the older of two people with the same name. The first is by analogy with the French seigneur, meaning lord.

Early Origins of the Seeney family

The surname Seeney was first found in Norfolk, where the family was granted lands by William the Conqueror for having assisted at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The earliest known bearer of the name was Walter Seignure, who was recorded in the Pipe Rolls of Norfolk in 1164.

Early History of the Seeney family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Seeney research. Another 176 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1164, 1212, 1271, 1382, 1475, 1565, 1845, and 1887 are included under the topic Early Seeney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Seeney Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was institutionalized a couple of hundred years back, spelling varieties of names were a typical event. Components of Latin, Norman French and different dialects ended up noticeably fused into English all through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the proficient. The varieties of the surname Seeney include Senior, Sinyeard, Singard, Sinyard, Sinor, Sayner, Saynor, Sayner and many more.

Early Notables of the Seeney family (pre 1700)

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Australia Seeney migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Seeney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Seeney, (Ceeney), (b. 1799), aged 19, English black smith who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 14 years for coining, transported aboard the "Baring" in December 1818, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1879 [1]

The Seeney 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: Medio tutissimus ibis
Motto Translation: Go most safely by the middle course

  1. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th September 2020). Retrieved from on Facebook