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The Seward name is an important part of the history of the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Seward is derived from the baptismal name Siward, which was an Old English personal name. Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames.

Seward Early Origins



The surname Seward was first found in Devon 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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Seward Spelling Variations


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Seward Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Seward were recorded, including Seward, Sewerd, Saward and others.

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Seward Early History


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Seward Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Seward research. Another 169 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1053, 1641, 1658, 1701, 1657 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Seward History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Seward Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Seward Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Seward Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Seward In Ireland


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Seward In Ireland



Some of the Seward family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 81 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Seward family emigrate to North America:

Seward Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Seward settled in Virginia in 1622
  • William Seward, aged 26, landed in Barbados or St Christopher in 1634
  • Edward Seward, who arrived in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1637
  • Robert Seward, who arrived in Portsmouth, NH in 1649
  • William Seward settled in Barbados in 1654 and later moved to the mainland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Seward Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Seward, who arrived in New England in 1704
  • William Seward, who landed in Georgia in 1740

Seward Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • P Seward, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • J Seward, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Richard Seward, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1866

Seward Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • William Seward, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752

Seward Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Seward, who landed in Canada in 1828

Seward Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Charles Seward, aged 24, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Florentia"
  • Charles Seward arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Florentia" in 1849
  • William Seward, aged 24, a shepherd, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "China"
  • George Seward, aged 18, a shepherd, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "China"
  • Mary A. Seward, aged 17, a laundress, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Lord of the Isles"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Seward (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Seward (post 1700)



  • Alec Seward (1902-1972), American country blues singer, guitarist and songwriter
  • Edward William Seward (1867-1947), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Gary Seward (b. 1961), English former professional footballer
  • Albert Charles Seward (1863-1941), British botanist and geologist, winner of the 1934 Darwin Medal
  • William H Seward Sr. (1801-1872), Governor of New York and United States Secretary of State

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Seward Historic Events


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Seward Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Frederic Kimber Seward, aged 34, American First Class passenger from New York City, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 7

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Suggested Readings for the name Seward


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Suggested Readings for the name Seward



  • Seward and Related Families by George C. Seward.
  • We Remember Carroll.

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Seward Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. 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.
    2. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    3. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    6. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    10. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    11. ...

    The Seward Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Seward 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 15 January 2016 at 10:58.

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