Sees History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Sees family

The surname Sees was first found in Kent where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Seal in that shire. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, Seal at the Domesday Book was held by Geoffrey de Rots as an undertenant from the Bishop of Bayeux. The holding was a fishery, consisting mainly of eels. Not surprisingly, the family Coat of Arms shows salmon swimming.

Early History of the Sees family

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Sees Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: See, Sea, Seigh and others.

Early Notables of the Sees family (pre 1700)

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United States Sees migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sees Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Tho Sees, who landed in Virginia in 1719 [2]
  • John Ludwig Sees, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733 [2]
  • Valentin Sees, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1741 [2]
  • Balthazar Sees, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1744 [2]
  • Henry Sees, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752 [2]
Sees Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Sees, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1846 [2]


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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