Seguin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Of all the French names to come from the Languedoc of France, Seguin 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 Seguin family

The surname Seguin 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 Seguin family

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Seguin Spelling Variations

Most surnames have experienced slight spelling changes. A son may not chose to spell his name the same way that his father did. Many were errors, many deliberate. During the early development of the French language, a person usually gave his version, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Prefixes or suffixes varied. They were optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, there a many spelling variations of the name Seguin, including Seguin, Seguine, Seguens, Seguenot, Segui, Seguier, Seguins, Seguines and many more.

Early Notables of the Seguin family (pre 1700)

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Seguin World Ranking

In the United States, the name Seguin is the 12,325th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3] However, in Canada, the name Seguin is ranked the 242nd most popular surname with an estimated 16,743 people with that name. [4] And in Quebec, Canada, the name Seguin is the 143rd popular surname. [5] France ranks Seguin as 316th with 12,712 people. [6]

United States Seguin migration to the United States +

Approximately 110 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. France gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. Migration to New France (Quebec) continued from France until it fell in 1759. In the year 1675 the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Seguin has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Seguin were

Seguin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Andrew Seguin, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1799
Seguin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • E. Seguin, who settled in New York State in 1823
  • Maria Manuel Seguin, who arrived in Texas in 1835 [7]
  • Maria Manuela Seguin, who landed in Texas in 1835 [7]
  • Pedro Seguin, aged 23, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1841 [7]
  • B. Seguin settled in San Francisco, California in 1850

Canada Seguin migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Seguin Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • François Seguin, who settled in Quebec in 1665 from Ile-de-France
  • Charles Seguin, son of Nicolas and Françoise, who married Marie Bertin, daughter of Barthélemi and Anne, in Sainte-Famille, Quebec on 3rd October 1669 [8]
  • Jean Seguin, son of Jacques and Jeanne, who married Lucrèce Billot, daughter of Marin and Marie, in Quebec on 26th August 1669 [8]
  • Francois Seguin, who landed in Canada in 1672
  • François Seguin, son of Laurent and Marie, who married Jeanne Petit, daughter of Jean and Jeanne, in Boucherville, Quebec on 31st October 1672 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Seguin Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • François Seguin, son of François and Jeanne, who married Marie-Louise Feuillon, daughter of Michel and Louise, in Boucherville, Quebec on 22nd February 1702 [8]
  • Pierre Seguin, son of François and Jeanne, who married Barbe Filion, daughter of Michel and Louise, in Boucherville, Quebec on 4th February 1704 [8]
  • Simon Seguin, son of François and Jeanne, who married Marie Bau, daughter of Jean and Etiennette, in Boucherville, Quebec on 9th November 1706 [8]
  • Jean-Baptiste Seguin, son of François and Jeanne, who married Geneviève Barbeau, daughter of François-Jean and Marie, in Boucherville, Quebec on 7th June 1710 [8]
  • Jacques Seguin, son of Jean and Lucrèce, who married Marguerite Dubau, daughter of Toussaint and Anne, in Charlesbourg, Quebec on 27th June 1712 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Seguin (post 1700) +

  • Juan Jose Maria Erasmo Seguin (1782-1857), American politician and supporter of the Texas Revolution, Postmaster of the City of San Antonio (1807-1835), 87th Mayor of San Antonio (1820-1821)
  • Juan Nepomucena Seguin (1806-1890), American politician, Mayor of San Antonio, Texas, 1841 and from 1841 to 1842; he helped to establish the independence of Texas and signed its declaration of independence [9]
  • Nicolas Seguin (b. 1990), French footballer who plays for French club AS Lyon-Duchère as a central defender
  • Armand Séguin (1869-1903), post-Impressionist French painter who is remembered for his involvement in the Pont-Aven School
  • Edouard Seguin (1812-1880), French physician, known for his work with children having cognitive impairments in France and the United States
  • Albert Seguin (1891-1979), French Olympic gold medalist gymnast at the 1934 Olympics
  • Marc Seguin (1786-1875), French engineer, inventor of the wire-cable suspension bridge and the multi-tubular steam-engine boiler
  • Wolfgang "Paule" Seguin (b. 1945), retired East German footballer
  • Yves Séguin (b. 1951), former Canadian politician in Quebec
  • Paul-Arthur Séguin (1875-1946), Canadian notary and political figure in Quebec
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The Seguin 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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  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. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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