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The German state of Prussia, which reached the zenith of its power in the late 19th century, is the glorious birthplace of the distinguished surname Seibert. In the medieval era, after the fall of the Roman Empire, the German lands were inhabited by a variety of Barbarian tribes. The borders of the Barbarian kingdoms changed frequently, but the region that became known in Prussia was roughly divided between the areas of Brandenburg-Prussia, West Prussia, and East Prussia. The colorful history of Brandenburg-Prussia, which is essentially the birthplace of modern Germany, provides a glimpse at the oldest origins of the Seibert family.


The surname Seibert was first found in the northern regions, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the area. Chronicles trace the name back to Sybrecht in the early Middle Ages, when it was also found in its Latin form Sybertus. Both forms appear in Breslau chronicles of 1320. Another possible origin is "Sigbert." From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory an important contributor to the development of the nation.

Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Seibert include Seibert, Seibrecht, Seybert, Sybert, Seiberth, Sybrecht and many more.


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The state of Prussia was a great influence on the shape of modern Germany. After the Second World War, Prussia's land was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany and the state was abolished. Some Prussians remained in those countries after the war, while many others migrated to North America in search of a new start. Philadelphia was their primary point of entry to the United States, after which many of them moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. A large number of Prussians also migrated to Ontario and the prairie provinces as United Empire Loyalists. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Seiberts to arrive in North America, and among them were:

Seibert Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Conrad Seibert, who at the age of 31 emigrated with his family to England or America in 1709
  • Johann Martin Seibert, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Joh Jaes Seibert, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Johan Jacob Seibert, who arrived in America in 1738
  • Bernard Seibert arrived in Philadelphia in 1738
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Seibert Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Adam Seibert, who landed in Brazil in 1828
  • Julianne Seibert, who arrived in Brazil in 1828
  • Michael Seibert, who landed in America in 1831
  • Peter Seibert, who landed in America in 1831
  • Frederick Seibert, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838
  • ...

Seibert Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Fredrich Seibert, who arrived in Alabama in 1925

Seibert Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • J C Eberhard Seibert, who arrived in Quebec in 1850

  • Florence B. Seibert (1897-1991), American biochemist known for isolating a pure form of tuberculin used in the standard TB test, inductee into the National Women's Hall of Fame
  • Michael Seibert (b. 1960), American three-time bronze medalist ice dancer
  • Peter W. Seibert (1924-2002), American skier, founder of Vail Ski Resort in Colorado
  • George H. Seibert Jr. (b. 1913), American Republican politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates, 1953-76; Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 1960
  • Elvin Seibert, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Bangkok, 1938; Rio de Janeiro, 1943; U.S. Consul in Adelaide, 1949
  • E. C. Seibert, American politician, Mayor of Texarkana, Arkansas, 1934-39
  • C. Michael Seibert, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Alabama 5th District, 1992
  • Henry Seibert, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1948, 1960
  • Maynard Seibert, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 17th District, 1936, 1936
  • Otto Seibert (1858-1930), American politician, Mayor of Normal, Illinois, 1897-1905
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  • Memoirs of the Seibert Family by Charles Herman Seibert.
  • A Genealogical Postscript; Notes on Baskin, Seibert, Wotring, Bell by Raymond Martin Bell.

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    Other References

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    4. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
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    6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    8. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
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    The Seibert Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Seibert Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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