The surname ‘Seymour’ is of English origin. It is derived from the Norman habitation name from ‘Saint Maur des Fosses’, in Seine, Northern France, so called from the dedication of the church there to ‘St Maur’. It is also a habitation name from either of two places in North Yorkshire called ‘Seamer’. There are also places called ‘semer’ in Norfolk, Suffolk, and North Yorkshire. A family of this name, who hold the title ‘Dukes of Somerset’, originated in Saint Maur. The family is said to have gone to England with the conqueror, and in 1240 ‘William Saint Maur’, held lands Monmouth. They also held the earldom of dukedom of Hertford, and rose to prominence under the Tudors. ‘Edward Seymour’, held high office under King Henry III, who was married to Seymour’s sister ‘Jane’. He was Lord protector in the reign of Richard VI, but was beheaded for treason on charges laid by his rival, the earl of Warwick. Public and Civil registry archive’s confirm that the surname ‘Seymour’ and or it’s variant’s, date as far back as the thirteenth century were a ‘Henry de Semore’, from the county of Huntingdonshire, England, is recorded on the Hundred Rolls in 1273. … Coat of arms: Gules, on a fess e…
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