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Severin is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from a family once having lived in the county of Worcester. Severin is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. During the Middle Ages, as society became more complex, individuals needed a way to be distinguishable from others. Toponymic surnames were developed as a result of this need. Various features in the landscape or area were used to distinguish people from one another. In this case the original bearers of the surname Severin were named due to their close proximity to the river Severn.

Severin Early Origins



The surname Severin was first found in Worcestershire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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Severin Spelling Variations


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Severin Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Severin has been recorded under many different variations, including Severne, Severn, Seven, Sevens, Severin, Seffern, Sefferin and many more.

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Severin Early History


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Severin Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Severin research. Another 247 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1300 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Severin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Severin Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Severin Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Severin 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



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Severin or a variant listed above:

Severin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johann Severin, who landed in America in 1783

Severin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Severin settled in Philadelphia in 1834
  • Charles Severin, who arrived in Texas in 1866

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Contemporary Notables of the name Severin (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Severin (post 1700)



  • Marie Severin (b. 1929), American comic book artist, inductee into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame in 2001
  • John Severin (b. 1921), American comic book artist, inductee into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame in 2003
  • Jay Severin (b. 1951), American radio show host
  • Arban Severin (b. 1976), American composer, musician and film actress, wife of Steven Severin
  • Giles Timothy "Tim" Severin (b. 1940), English historian, traveler and author
  • Steven Severin (b. 1955), British musician and composer, member of Siouxsie & the Banshees
  • Scott Severin (b. 1979), Scottish footballer
  • Mark Severin (1906-1987), British artist specialising bookplates

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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: Virtus praestantior auro
Motto Translation: Virtue is more excellent than gold.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    2. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    4. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    5. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. 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. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    8. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    9. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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    The Severin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Severin 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 27 November 2015 at 12:46.

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