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The name Seers reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Seers family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Seers family lived in Essex. Their name, however, is a reference to Serez, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

Seers Early Origins



The surname Seers was first found in Essex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Colchester from very ancient times, some say from the reign of King Edmund Ironside in 1016, but this date conflicts with the more likely source of Serez, in the arrondisement of Evreux in Normandy, supporting the contention that the family were granted these lands after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. They held a family seat there continuously from the conquest to 1770.

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Seers Spelling Variations


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Seers Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Sears, Seares, Seers, Seeres, Sear, Seare, Seer and many more.

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Seers Early History


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Seers Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Seers research. Another 210 words (15 lines of text) covering the year 1630 is included under the topic Early Seers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Seers Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Seers Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Seers Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Seers In Ireland


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Seers In Ireland



Some of the Seers family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 90 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Seers name or one of its variants:

Seers Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Seers, who landed in Woburn, Massachusetts in 1641
  • Gerrit Seers, aged 26, arrived in New York in 1646
  • Francis Seers, who landed in Maryland in 1675

Seers Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Bernard Seers landed in America in 1752

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Contemporary Notables of the name Seers (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Seers (post 1700)



  • Dudley Seers (1920-1983), British economist who specialised in development economics, Professorial Fellow and Director of the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex (1967-1972)
  • Matt Seers (b. 1974), Australian former professional rugby league player who played from 1993 to 2003

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Motto


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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: Honor et fides
Motto Translation: Honor and fidelity.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    3. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    4. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    9. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
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    The Seers Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Seers Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 12 February 2015 at 14:20.

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