Norman Conquest of England in 1066. It was a name for a confrontational or argumentative person. The name was originally derived from the Old English schakken, meaning to brandish, and speer, meaning spear.
Early Origins of the Seffspeare family
Cumberland where the earliest record of the name was "Henry Shakespere who was a holder of a ploughland in the parish of Kirkland in the year 1350." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print. The author continues on that as the name was a "Border" name (one on the the Scottish/English borders), it no doubt had "its rise in those feuds." And later on, he notes that the previous "earliest" record was of "Thomas Shakespeare, who was officially connected with the port of Youghal, in Ireland, in 1375. " The surname is clearly not Irish as confirmed by MacLysaght and O'Hart, which begs the question how did such an early entry of the name get there?
Early History of the Seffspeare family
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Seffspeare Spelling Variations
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 Seffspeare were recorded, including Shakespeare, Shakspeare and others.
Early Notables of the Seffspeare family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Seffspeare family to Ireland
Some of the Seffspeare family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Seffspeare 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, Australia, 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 Seffspeare arrived in North America very early: William Shakspeare settled in Virginia in 1766; and another William Shakspeare arrived in Philadelphia in 1774.
The Seffspeare 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: Non sanz droict
Motto Translation: Not without right.
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