Segar History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Segar is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from the baptismal name for the son of Sigar which was an Old English personal name. One source claims the name was Norman in origin from Segre in Anjou. [1]

Early Origins of the Segar family

The surname Segar was first found in Devon, where the name was first listed as Sagar and Segarus in the Domesday Book of 1086. [2] Later, Galfridus filius Seger was listed in 1222, again in Devon. Over in Dorset, Walter Sagar was listed there in the Pipe Rolls of 1195. John Seger was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 in Norfolk. [3] The same source lists: Henry filius Sigar in Cambridgeshire; and William Siger in Norfolk. [4]

Kirby's Quest lists John Seger in Somerset, 1 Edward III (in the first year of Edward III's reign.) [5]

Early History of the Segar family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Segar research. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1633, 1549, 1563, 1557, 1564, 1633, 1693, 1768, 1681, 1667 and 1681 are included under the topic Early Segar History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Segar Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Segar include Segar, Seeger, Seegar, Sigar, Sugar, Seager, Sager, Saker, Sakar and many more.

Early Notables of the Segar family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Francis Segar or Seagar ( fl. 1549-1563), an English translator and poet, "whose name, variously spelt, is that of an old Devonshire family, was probably the 'Francis Nycholson, alias Seagar,' who was made free of the Stationers' Company on 24 Sept. 1557. [6] Sir William Segar (c.1564-1633), was an English portrait painter and Garter King-of-Arms to the court...
Another 64 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Segar Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Segar migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Segar Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Francis Segar, who landed in Virginia in 1637 [7]
  • Edmond Segar, who arrived in Maryland in 1670 [7]
Segar Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Phillip Segar, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1775
  • William Segar, who landed in New York in 1799 [7]
Segar Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Stephen Segar, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1802 [7]
  • Richard Holt Segar, aged 26, who landed in New York in 1812 [7]
  • Henry Segar, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840 [7]

Canada Segar migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Segar Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Adam Segar U.E. who settled in Richmond [Greater Napanee], Lennox and Addington County, Ontario c. 1784 he served in the Indian Department [8]
  • Mr. Staatz Segar U.E. who settled in Richmond [Greater Napanee], Lennox and Addington County, Ontario c. 1784 he served in the Royal Regiment of New York [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Segar (post 1700) +

  • Joseph Segar (1804-1880), American lawyer
  • Elzie Crisler Segar (1894-1938), American cartoonist, who created "Popeye," in 1929
  • Joseph Eggleston Segar (1804-1880), American politician, Member of Virginia State Legislature, 1836; U.S. Representative from Virginia 1st District, 1861-63 [9]
  • Hugh William Segar (1868-1954), New Zealand mathematician and university professor
  • Marc Segar (1974-1997), British artist
  • Segar Bastard (1854-1921), English international footballer and referee


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  6. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  7. ^ 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)
  8. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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