Senecal History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The French family name Senecal dates back to the Middle Ages. It was a Norman name given to a seneschal, a steward or official in the household of a sovereign or great noble, to whom the administration of justice and domestic arrangements were entrusted.

Early Origins of the Senecal family

The surname Senecal was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where this distinguished family held a family seat at Crèvecoeur in the arrondissement of Lisieux where Hamon Le Sénéchal held a strong castle that still remains in the valley of Auge. He was directly descended from Hamon-Aux-Dents, Lord of Thorigny who was killed in the battle of Val-ès-Dunes in 1045. Hamon, his nephew of the family of Crèvecoeur, was present at the battle of Hastings in 1066.

Early History of the Senecal family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Senecal research. Another 60 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1624 and 1719 are included under the topic Early Senecal History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Senecal Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Sénéchal, Le Sénéchal, Sénéschal, Le Sénéschal, Sénécal, Sénégal, Sénécot, Sénécaut, Sénécaux, Seneschal and many more.

Early Notables of the Senecal family (pre 1700)

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United States Senecal migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Senecal Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Claude Senecal with his wife Elisabeth and daughter who arrived in Louisiana in 1719
Senecal Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • H.L. Senecal, aged 27, who landed in America from London, England, in 1893
Senecal Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mrs. C.E. Senecal, aged 78, who immigrated to the United States, in 1911
  • Marie Senecal, aged 30, who immigrated to America from London, England, in 1912
  • Mrs. C. A. Senecal, aged 82, who landed in America, in 1915
  • George Senecal, aged 50, who settled in America from Paris, France, in 1919
  • J P Senecal, aged 38, who immigrated to the United States, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Senecal migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Senecal Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Jean Senecal, son of Martin and Jeanne, who married Catherine De Seine, daughter of Pierre and Marguerite, in Montreal, Quebec on 15th October 1672 [1]
  • Nicolas Senecal, son of Adrien and Guillemette, who married Marie Petit, daughter of Nicolas and Marie, in Boucherville, Quebec on 8th November 1683 [1]
  • Henri Senecal, son of Adrien and Jeanne, who married Catherine Poutré, daughter of André and Jeanne, in Pointe-aux-Trembles, Quebec on 6th May 1693 [1]
  • Etienne Senecal, son of Adrien and Jeanne, who married Pétronille Millault, daughter of Jacques and Jeanne, in Varennes, Quebec on 22nd April 1694 [1]
  • Pierre Senecal, son of Jean and Catherine, who married Marguerite Pinsonneau, daughter of François and Anne, in Montreal, Quebec on 4th November 1698 [1]
Senecal Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Adrien Senecal, son of Adrien and Jeanne, who married Louise Bareau, daughter of Jean and Jeanne, in La Prairie, Quebec on 25th May 1706 [1]
  • André Senecal, son of Jean and Catherine, who married Margeurite Boyer, daughter of Nicolas and Marguerite, in Montreal, Quebec on 28th October 1710 [1]
  • Joseph Senecal, son of Jean and Catherine, who married Marie-Anne Fouché, daughter of Louis and Hélène, in Montreal, Quebec on 24th November 1712 [1]
  • Adrien Senecal, son of Etienne and Pétronille, who married Marie-Angélique Chaput, daughter of Nicolas and Angélique, in Varennes, Quebec on 18th January 1719 [1]
  • André Senecal, son of Henri and Catherine, who married Marguerite Lalue, daughter of Léon and Marie-Françoise, in Varennes, Quebec on 25th February 1721 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Senecal (post 1700) +

  • Leo P. Senecal, American politician, Member of Massachusetts State House of Representatives Eighth Hampden District, 1923-24 [2]
  • Jacob Alan Senecal, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Alabama, 2012 [2]
  • Andrew G. Senecal, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Plattsburgh, New York, 1910-11; Postmaster at Plattsburgh, New York, 1914-23 [2]
  • Antonia "Toni" Senecal, American television producer and host of Toni On!
  • Father Dollard Senecal (1912-2002), Canadian Jesuit minister, founder of the magazine "Le naturaliste"
  • Louis-Adélard Senecal (1829-1887), Quebec businessman and political figure, Conservative member in the 1st Canadian Parliament


The Senecal 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: Macula Sine Macula
Motto Translation: A mark without flaw


  1. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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