When the ancestors of the Seyson family emigrated to England
following the Norman Conquest
in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Shropshire
. Their name, however, is a reference to Say, Normandy
, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
Early Origins of the Seyson family
The surname Seyson was first found in Shropshire
but the first record of the name was Geoffrey de Saye, Lord of West Greenwich (1135–1214.) His son, Geoffrey de Saye, II (died 1230), Lord of West Greenwich was born in 1155 in West Greenwich, Kent
and died in Gascoigne, Poitou, France. His son was Geoffrey de Saye (1155–1230), was an English nobleman, and Magna Carta surety who held lands at Edmonton (now part of London) and Sawbridgeworth (a small town and civil parish in Hertfordshire.) Stratfield Saye is a village and civil parish in Hampshire
that includes the hamlets of West End Green, Fair Oak Green and Fair Cross.
Early History of the Seyson family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Seyson research.Another 211 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1214, 1604, 1685, 1649, 1661, 1681, 1691, 1653, 1691, 1664 and 1666 are included under the topic Early Seyson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Seyson Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Seyson has been recorded under many different variations, including Say, Saye and others.
Early Notables of the Seyson family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Baron
Geoffrey Say; Evan Seys (1604-1685), Welsh
lawyer from Swansea, Glamorgan, Attorney General under Oliver Cromwell
, Recorder of Gloucester in 1649, Member of... Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Seyson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Seyson family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Seysons were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: George Say who settled in Barbados in 1635; Hugh and Jane Say settled in Virginia in 1650; Thomas Say settled in New England
in 1663; John Saye settled in Virginia in 1637..