Of all the French names to come from the Languedoc
of France, Seguim is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Languedoc.
Early Origins of the Seguim family
The surname Seguim 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.
Early History of the Seguim family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Seguim research.Another 167 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1844, 1767, 1835, 1588, 1672, 1786 and 1875 are included under the topic Early Seguim History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Seguim Spelling Variations
French surnames were subject to numerous spelling alterations depending on the region and time it was used. The early development of the French language relied heavily on borrowing elements and grammar from 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 Seguim 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 Seguim family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Seguim Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Seguim family to the New World and Oceana
France was active as a cultural leader in the early 16th century. One particular area in which they lead was the exploration of the New World. The explorers, like Jacques Cartier in 1534, led the way to North America. Champlain, in 1608, made the first of twenty voyages to France to attract settlers and brought the first migrant in 1617. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and 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 Seguim 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 Seguim 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 Seguim 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.