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The Singer name was originally an Anglo-Saxon name that was given to a person who was a singaere or musician. During the Middle Ages people were identified by the type of work one did and were referred to in this manner. The traveling musician was therefore named the singaere, and was a well known and respected figure in medieval times. He was the main entertainer at fairs and festivals and was also a source of news and idle gossip from the neighboring towns.

Singer Early Origins



The surname Singer was first found in Devon where one of the first records of the name was Lucas le Syngere who was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of 1296. The same rolls listed William le Syngur one year later in Yorkshire.

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Singer Spelling Variations


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Singer Spelling Variations



Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Singer has undergone many spelling variations, including Singer, Singers, Singar and others.

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Singer Early History


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Singer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Singer research. Another 350 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1400 and 1811 are included under the topic Early Singer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Singer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Singer Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Singer 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



To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Singer were among those contributors:

Singer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Singer who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Tho Singer, aged 18, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • John Singer settled in Virginia in 1663

Singer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Caspar Singer settled in Philadelphia in 1734
  • Peter Singer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Michael Singer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Michael Singer arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Johannes Singer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Singer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Singer, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • Frederick Singer, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1836
  • Francis Singer, who arrived in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • Simon Singer, aged 24, landed in America in 1846
  • Johann Nepomuk Singer, who landed in New York, NY in 1852
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Singer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Oscar Singer, who arrived in New York, NY in 1913
  • Carolina Singer, aged 20, arrived in New York, NY in 1913

Singer Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Andreas Singer, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • Christian Singer, aged 33, arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • Heinrich Singer, aged 9, landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • Magdalena Singer, aged 7, landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • Paulina Singer, aged 2, landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Singer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Singer, English Convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 18) Aboukir voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island. [These convicts appear to have all landed in Van Diemen's Land], Australia in 1851 with 280 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/aboukir/1851

Singer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Singer landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840

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Contemporary Notables of the name Singer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Singer (post 1700)



  • Abner E. "Abby" Singer (1917-2014), American five-time Primetime Emmy Award nominated production manager and assistant director
  • Kyle Singer (b. 1980), American soccer goalkeeper
  • Winnaretta Singer (1865-1943), Princesse Edmond de Polignac, an American musical patron, heir to the Singer sewing machine fortune
  • Marc Singer (b. 1948), Canadian-born, American actor, best known for his roles in the Beastmaster film series
  • Isaac Bashevis Singer (1902-1991), Polish-born, Jewish-American author
  • Isadore Manuel Singer (b. 1924), American mathematics professor awarded the Abel Prize in 2004
  • Bessie Singer, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives 11th District, 1968
  • Cecile D. Singer, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly, 1989-94
  • Charles L. Singer, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1944
  • Elton Singer, American Republican politician, Candidate for Texas State House of Representatives 50th District, 1994
  • ... (Another 29 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Singer Historic Events


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Singer Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Joseph Edward Singer (1893-1914), English Assistant Steward from Liverpool, England, United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Michael Morgan Singer (1909-1941), English Lieutenant-Commander from Stoke, Staffordshire, England, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Singer


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Suggested Readings for the name Singer



  • Johann David Singer Family Book by J.W. Singer.
  • Singer Family Tree by John Singer.

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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: Fidelitas vincit
Motto Translation: Fidelity prevails.


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Singer Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 18) Aboukir voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island. [These convicts appear to have all landed in Van Diemen's Land], Australia in 1851 with 280 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/aboukir/1851

Other References

  1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  10. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
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The Singer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Singer 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 9 October 2016 at 17:21.

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