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Where did the English Singer family come from? What is the English Singer family crest and coat of arms? When did the Singer family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Singer family history?

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.


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.

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.


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.


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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

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

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
  • 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
  • Rosina Singer, aged 32, arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902

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

Singer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Singer landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840


  • Isaac Merritt Singer (1811-1875), American inventor, actor, and entrepreneur, founder of the Singer Sewing Machine Company
  • Edgar Arthur Singer Jr. (1873-1955), American philosopher
  • Bryan Singer (b. 1965), American film director and film producer
  • Siegfried Frederick Singer (b. 1924), American atmospheric physicist
  • Burns Singer (1928-1964), American poet and marine biologist
  • Isadore Manuel Singer (b. 1924), American mathematics professor awarded the Abel Prize in 2004
  • Isaac Bashevis Singer (1902-1991), Polish-born, Jewish-American author
  • Marc Singer (b. 1948), Canadian-born, American actor, best known for his roles in the Beastmaster film series
  • Winnaretta Singer (1865-1943), Princesse Edmond de Polignac, an American musical patron, heir to the Singer sewing machine fortune
  • Kyle Singer (b. 1980), American soccer goalkeeper



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

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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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 18 November 2014 at 14:18.

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