Seguenot History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Of all the French names to come from the Languedoc of France, Seguenot is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Languedoc.
"Many of this name are to be met with in the Hundred Rolls of the time of Edward I. About 1272, Alan Segeyn, Segin, or Segyn, with John, Robert, and Agnes, Robert's daughter, held in Kent: Hugh in Oxon; Richard Segrim or Segin both there and in Lincoln; and Elias Walter, Henry, and Roger Segrim in Bucks." 
Early Origins of the Seguenot family
The surname Seguenot was first found in Languedoc where they held a family seat in the seigneurie of Reyniès, where they were members of the aristocracy of the region.
By the 13th century they had branched north into Gascogne and Guyenne. They also branched to the east to the Franche-Comté where they held a family seat at Jallerange, and Bourgogne.
In Dauphiné they were elevated to the Marquis de Cabassole in the year 1844 after the French Revolution. Amand Seguin was a celebrated French industrial chemist, 1767-1835. Séguier is the name of a French family of magistrates of whom Pierre, 1588-1672, became a chancellor of France.
Jean Seguin, son of Jacques and Jeanne, arrived in New France from Normandy around the year 1669. He married Lucrece Bellot on 26th August 1669 and together they had five children, three of which were sons. 
Early History of the Seguenot family
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Seguenot Spelling Variations
French surnames were subject to numerous alterations in spelling because of the various cultural groups that inhabited specific regions. Eventually, each region possessed its own local dialect of the French language. The early development of the French language, however, was also influenced by other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Seguenot is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Seguin, Seguine, Seguens, Seguenot, Segui, Seguier, Seguins, Seguines and many more.
Early Notables of the Seguenot family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Seguenot family
France finally gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the 1700s. Early marriage was encouraged in New France, and youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries, leaving French names scattered across the continent. The search for the Northwest passage continued. Migration from France to New France or Quebec, as it was now more popularly called, continued until 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Seguenot were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Seguenot were Andrew Seguin settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1799; E. Seguin settled in New York State in 1823; B. Seguin settled in San Francisco Cal. in 1850.
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: Sola salus servire Deo
Motto Translation: The only safe course is to serve God.
- Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 3 of 3
- Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print