Sievewright History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Sievewright family

The surname Sievewright was first found in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire, where they held a family seat at Brechin, a borough near Montrose in that shire. This name is one of the few surnames of Scotland which can truly claim to be a trade name, it being from one who make sieves. [1]

Crossing the border into Yorkshire, England we found Simon le siuewricht' listed in the Assize Rolls of 1219 and John le Syvewryct' in the Subsidy Rolls of 1301. [2]

However, by the 12th or 13th century the name had lost much of its relationship to a trade and the name became distinguished in its own right.

Early History of the Sievewright family

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Sievewright Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Sivwright, Sievewright, Seivewright, Sivewright, Sivright, Sivwrite, Sievewrite, Seivwright, Sevright, Savewrite, Savewright, Seivwrite, Sievwrite, Siffwright, Sifwright, Sifricht and many more.

Early Notables of the Sievewright family (pre 1700)

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United States Sievewright migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sievewright Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mrs Sievewright, aged 45, who settled in America, in 1892
Sievewright Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Geo. Sievewright, aged 26, who landed in America from Glasgow, in 1906
  • Margaret Sievewright, aged 21, who landed in America from Yoker, Scotland, in 1909
  • Mary Jane Sievewright, aged 23, who immigrated to the United States from Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1910
  • Elizabeth Sievewright, aged 54, who immigrated to the United States from Dundee, Scotland, in 1910
  • Alexander Sievewright, aged 38, who landed in America, in 1922
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Sievewright (post 1700) +

  • John Sievewright (b. 1846), Canadian teacher and politician in New Brunswick


The Sievewright 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: Recte ferio
Motto Translation: I strike straight


  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


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