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Seivewright Coat of Arms / Seivewright Family Crest

Seivewright Coat of Arms / Seivewright Family Crest

The surname SEIVEWRIGHT was of the occupational group of surnames. It was derived from the Old English word SIVE, and was given to a maker of sieves, a utensil with a meshed or perforated bottom for separating or straining liquids. Most of the occupations or professions reflected in family names are those known in the small villages in Europe, or those followed in a king's or important noble's household, or in some large religious house or monastery. During the middle ages much of Europe was composed of small villages, and the occupations would be used to describe the bearer. 'And all this mullok in a sively throwe' was written in a poem by Chaucer in the 12th century. The name was taken early to Scotland by settlers and William Suffwricht witnessed a charter in Brechin in the year 1512, appears to be the first of the name on record. In 1567 there is an entry of payment to Andrew Sifwricht the servant of John Wischart of Pittarro. John Sivwright in the parish of Glass in recorded in 1716. The first people in Scotland to acquire fixed surnames were the nobles and great landowners, who called themselves, or were called by others, after the lands they possessed. Surnames originating in this way are known as territorial. Formerly lords of baronies and regalities and farmers were inclined to magnify their importance and to sign letters and documents with the names of their baronies and farms instead of their Christian names and surnames. The abuse of this style of speech and writing was carried so far that an Act was passed in the Scots parliament in 1672 forbidding the practice and declaring that it was allowed only to noblemen and bishops to subscribe by their titles.

The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Registered in Edinburgh in the year 1874.

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Last Updated: May 9, 2020

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