Seguens History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Of all the French names to come from the Languedoc of France, Seguens 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." [1]

Early Origins of the Seguens family

The surname Seguens 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. [2]

Early History of the Seguens family

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Seguens Spelling Variations

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of French surnames; in part, as spelling, and the spelling names was not yet standardized during the early development of the written French language. Later, there was much branching and movement of families, and spellings would change according to region. Variations of the name Seguens include Seguin, Seguine, Seguens, Seguenot, Segui, Seguier, Seguins, Seguines and many more.

Early Notables of the Seguens family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Seguens family

In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Seguens has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Seguens 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 Seguens 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: Sola salus servire Deo
Motto Translation: The only safe course is to serve God.


  1. ^ 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
  2. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print


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