Last name: Seagrave

This is a famous English surname. Recorded in several forms as shown below, the name has nothing whatsoever to do with the sea. It is locational from a village called Seagrave, in Leicestershire, the very centre of England. The place was first recorded as Satgrave and Setgraue in the famous Domesday Book of 1086, and derives from either the pre 7th century word "set", meaning a fold or pen for animals, or perhaps "seath", meaning a pool, and "graf", a grove, or "graef", a ditch. During the Middle Ages, when migration for the purpose of job-seeking was becoming more common, people often took their former village name as a means of identification, thus resulting in a wide dispersal of the name. A family by the name of Seagrave, trace their descent from Thomas de Segrave recorded in the Domesday Book as jointly holding the manor of Seagrave. Amongst his descendants was Sir Stephen de Segrave, who was chief justiciar of England in the 13th century and in the 20th century Sir Henry Seagrave who several times held the land speed record. In the modern idiom the surname is recorded as Seagrave, Seagrief, Seagrove and Segrave. Recordings of the surname from London registers include the christening of John Segrave, on March 29th 1573, at St. Mary's, Stoke Newington, and on December 25th 1614, Elline, the daughter of Robert Seagrove, was christened at St. Stephan's Coleman Street. This illustrious family has had no less than seventeen coats of arms granted to them. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Thomas de Segrave. This was dated 1086, in the Domesday Book of Leicestershire, during the reign of King William 1st, known as "The Conqueror", 1066 - 1087. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Oscar de Hane Segrave

Hello all Segraves! I am, until two generations ago, a direct decendent of Thomas de Segrave owner of Segrave in Leicestershire as recorded in the doomsday book in 1066. I have in my possesion archives dating back to such date, and a genealogical chart of the segrave family up to 1935. I also have copies ofrecords of the origin of the name being first spelt Zeegraf (anciant Saxon for Lord of the Sea) and finally becoming de Segrave. Members of the family came over with Cerdic the Saxon to England in A.D. 519 and settled in Leicestershire, and the village and townland of Segrave was there when the Doomsday Book was complied. However this book was created many years ago by my grandfathers grandfather assisted by the Deputy Ulster King of Arms, and therefore is lacking in some aspects such as the irish decendents and the American (who changed the spelling to Seagrave). The irish side of the family steam from Sir Peter, the fourth son of Baron Nicholas de Segrave, who was sent to ireland in 1320 by King Edward 11. If you would like to get in touch please feel free to do so. I would be more than happy to help you track your branch of the Segrave tree, or if you are willing to help me continue the genealogical chart of our family please dont hesitate to contact me on : Oscarsegrave@hotmail.co.uk. Thank you

crimzinvegan

I have traced a direct line back to Charity Seagrave (b. 1674 in Itchingfield, Sussex, England, d. 1755 in Amberley, Sussex, England) but I cant seem to trace further than that, I have looked for birth records in Sussex but I cannot find a Charity Seagrave though I have found a Richard Segrave who was born in 1673 in Sussex, but I am not sure if it could be the same person. Does anyone have any information on the Seagrave>Seagraves>Segraves line that came over to America?

angie hardwick
Hi my name was Seagrave before i married...my Father was Douglas Edward Seagrave from Southampton, he was from a very large family,his Father was Richard Seagrave,also from Southampton.Anyone else on here related to the Southern Seagrave family?

chris seagrave
my dad is frederick richard seagrave, he had a brother called doug also one called/ known as dick and another known as nobby. I think there may have been a couple more and some sisters too jenny jeannie

philip hampton
hello my name is philip hampton can you help me my late grandmother maiden name was bradley and i have been told that one member of the family was maried to henry Seagrave the racing driver .i do beleive my dad used to mention a grandma Seagrave but as i am unsure on this any help to solve this would be appreciated so i can pass the research down to my children kind regards mr p.hampton

Julie Morris
My Grandad who was Frank Seagrave from Mansfield born in May 1904 said that Sir Henry was his uncle. He was a Coal Miner.

Oscar De Hane Segrave

Henry Segrave was married to Doris Stoker and had no children. Henry only had a half brother who was of the Segrave bloodline: Charles Rodney Segrave who had two children one of whome died at a young age the other was Antony John Segrave who was my grandfather. Sorry Julie but there is no mention of a Frank on the family tree.

Oscar De Hane Segrave

Impossible Sir Henry only had one brother, Charles Rodney Segrave, who only had one son, Antony John Segrave who had three children, the oldest son is my father.

BRENDA SEAGRAVES
My name is Brenda Elaine Cunningham Seagraves, born in Chelyan, West Virginia, (outside of Charleston) Father Leonard Kenneth Seagraves, born Grayson, Kentucky, in 1913, son of Henry Seagraves. We have a family member who has traced the family lineage back to the 1800's. Contact me via bseag1968@hotmail.com and I will put you in touch with her. Make the subject line, SEAGRAVES FAMILY TREE

Melissa Segarves
Hi, im interrested in tracing my family history back, do you still have details of it?

rhys seagrave
my great grandfather is james seagrave and we are catholics from dublin

j b seagrave
My name is John Barry Seagrave. My fathers name was Micheal, he was born in the North East of England. His father was James Seagave, also born in the North East. His fathers name was James who was born in Dublin and came to England in the mid 1800's. Can provide more info if required.

Robert
My grandmother was Segrave - her fatrher was John Segrave and they lived in dublin around1900. Also defintiely catholic. You can see a number of Segraves on the 1901 and 1911 Irish census returns (see http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/search/)

Interested
I am also trying to find out about the Seagraves who were present in or around County Cavan around the year 1900, in the area of Kingscourt. It seems to be fairly common in Ireland especially Ulster, and although I'm told it must be a "protestant name" my Seagraves were most definitely catholics. We could be related? Read more: http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Seagrave#ixzz19MtMI6h8

james seagrave
hi my name is james seagrave from scotland and my grandfather and grandmother was from kingscourt.remember going to kingscourt and carrickmacross in 1969 with my father to visit fathers uncle i think he was a postman

Joyce Cullen
Does anyone know when the name Seagrave appeared in Ireland? I'm tracing my family history and it is my mam's maiden name. Can't find my great grandfather prior 1911. His name was James Seagrave

Interested
I am also trying to find out about the Seagraves who were present in or around County Cavan around the year 1900, in the area of Kingscourt. It seems to be fairly common in Ireland especially Ulster, and although I'm told it must be a "protestant name" my Seagraves were most definitely catholics. We could be related? Read more: http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Seagrave#ixzz19MtMI6h8

james seagrave
hi my name is james seagrave from scotland and my grandfather and grandmother was from kingscourt.remember going to kingscourt and carrickmacross in 1969 with my father to visit fathers uncle i think he was a postman

Andy Local
My Great Grandfather was Christopher Seagrave. He came to Bishop Auckland approximately 1870/1871 where he and his wife (Mary Reiley) married and had a baby girl Brigit (1871). Both Christopher and Mary's fathers were listed on the wedding certificate as being called Michael. I have found a Michael in the Griffith Valuation in Kings Court and the 1911 Census in England states Christopher as being from the same place. I would welcome any comments that may make connections and find me a link to the area. I feel that, as the names of michael, James, John, James, Edward and Catherine keep cropping up there is probably a connection to many posting here but I would like to find an accurate and reliable source of information to make the link.

Verity Ferguson
I have traced one line of my family tree back to Thomas de Segrave. It is direct, but with several female links the surname has changed many times. He is my 28th great grandfather which is pretty impressive!! And I still live within 30 miles of Seagrave village.

Oscar De Hane Segrave

Thomas De Segrave was my 29th great grandfather, Sir Henry O'Neil de Hane Segrave (famous for breaking the land speed record) was my grandfathers uncle. I have a family tree that goes back (in detail) to 1066 (further in less detail). Which part of the family do you stem from?