Sivewright History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Sivewright family

The surname Sivewright 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. 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 Sivewright family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sivewright research. Another 56 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1512 and 1716 are included under the topic Early Sivewright History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sivewright 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 Sivewright family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Sivewright Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Sivewright migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sivewright Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Charles Sivewright, who immigrated to America from Dundee, Scotland in 1909
  • James Shand Sivewright, who immigrated to America from Grays Essex, England in September 1909
  • Alexander George Bruce Sivewright, who immigrated to America from Glasgow, Scotland in 1920
  • Clara Anne Sivewright, who immigrated to America from Belfast, Ireland in October 1922
  • Joan Sivewright, who immigrated to America from Belfast, Ireland in October 1922
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Sivewright migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sivewright Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Bessie Reid Sivewright, who immigrated to Toronto, Canada in 1919 via Ellis Island

Contemporary Notables of the name Sivewright (post 1700) +

  • Sir James Sivewright K.C.M.G. (1848-1916), Scottish immigrant to the Cape Colony, South Africa in 1877 and rose to become a noted businessman and politician
  • Jon Sivewright (b. 1965), Australian actor, best known for his role as Tony Holden in Home and Away (2005-2010), Little Fish (2005) and Burden (2009)
  • Edward Sivewright (1806-1873), English cricketer who played for Kent, Surrey and Cambridge University
  • Thomas Sivewright Catto (1879-1959), 1st Baron Catto, Scottish businessman and later Governor of the Bank of England


The Sivewright 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


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