Of all the French names to come from the Languedoc
of France, Seguins is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Languedoc.
Early Origins of the Seguins family
The surname Seguins 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 Seguins family
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Seguins 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 Seguins 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 Seguins family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Seguins family to the New World and Oceana
Immigration to New France was slow; therefore, 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. By the same year 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 Seguins 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 Seguins 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 Seguins 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.