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The name Senior is an ancient name that was given to a person in Britain soon after the arrival of the Normans in the 1066. It is a name for a person who was a person with lordly bearing, or the older of two people with the same name. The first is by analogy with the French seigneur, meaning lord.

Senior Early Origins



The surname Senior was first found in Norfolk, where the family was granted lands by William the Conqueror for having assisted at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The earliest known bearer of the name was Walter Seignure, who was recorded in the Pipe Rolls of Norfolk in 1164.

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Senior Spelling Variations


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Senior Spelling Variations



Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Senior, Sinyeard, Singard, Sinyard, Sinor, Sayner, Saynor, Sayner and many more.

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Senior Early History


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Senior Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Senior research. Another 292 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1164, 1212, 1271, 1382, 1475, 1565, 1845, and 1887 are included under the topic Early Senior History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Senior Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Senior Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Senior Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Senior or a variant listed above:

Senior Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Senior, who arrived in Virginia in 1636
  • Sarah Senior, who landed in Virginia in 1636
  • Tho Senior, who arrived in Virginia in 1656
  • William Senior, who landed in Virginia in 1665
  • Eliz Senior, who landed in Virginia in 1666
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Senior Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jane Senior, who came to Virginia in 1728
  • George Senior, who emigrated from Scotland to Georgia in 1760

Senior Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Catherine Senior, who settled in New York in 1823 with her husband and five children
  • Richard Senior, who arrived in New York, NY in 1837
  • Ann Senior, who arrived in New York, NY in 1845
  • G Senior, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Edwin Senior, who was naturalized in California in 1885
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Senior Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Bartholomew Senior U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Senior Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Benjamin Senior, who arrived in Ontario in 1871

Senior Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Senior, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843

Senior Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Senior, aged 18, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Westminster" in 1843

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Contemporary Notables of the name Senior (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Senior (post 1700)



  • Clarence Senior (1903-1974), American socialist political activist, National Executive Secretary of the Socialist Party of America
  • Josiah L. Senior, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Coro, 1897-98
  • Harold E. Senior, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from North Haven, 1946
  • Harold B. Senior (b. 1887), American Republican politician; Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Bethel, 1927-30; Member of Connecticut State Senate 24th District, 1931
  • Clarence Ollson Senior (1903-1974), American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Ohio, 1928
  • Russell Senior (b. 1961), English guitarist and violinist of the band Pulp
  • Trevor Senior (b. 1961), English former professional football striker from Dorset
  • Nassau William Senior (1790-1864), English economist
  • Keith Senior (b. 1976), English rugby league player
  • Olive Marjorie Senior (b. 1941), Jamaican poet and short story writer
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Senior Historic Events


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Senior Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Reuben Senior (b. 1920), English Stoker 2nd Class serving for the Royal Navy from Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Cyril Alderman Senior (b. 1922), English Royal Marine from Hemsworth, Yorkshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Harry Senior (d. 1912), aged 31, English Greaser from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Motto


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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: Medio tutissimus ibis
Motto Translation: Medio tutissimus ibis


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843

Other References

  1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  4. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  5. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  9. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  11. ...

The Senior Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Senior 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.

This page was last modified on 14 October 2016 at 03:27.

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