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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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?
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?
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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 :