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Seymour family page

The Seymour family are best known in Jersey for establishing a large hotel group in the 20th century, but they were not the first of their name in the island


A delightful but unknown Miss Seymour photographed by Ernest Baudoux in the 19th century

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Origins of surname

This surname is thought to be derived from one or more place names. There is St Maur in the Seine region of northern France, and Seamer in Yorkshire and Norfolk.

Early records

The name is found in Jersey church records in the 1690s, when two children of Jean Seymour were baptised in St Brelade. It was not until the 1870s that a family became established. Albert Bernard Seymour married Mary Ann Elizabeth Le Bas and their children were baptised in St Helier.

The Seymour family which became one of the dominant players in the Jersey hotel industry in the 20th century came to the island from London, but their ancestors can be traced back to John Seymour in Lincolnshire in the 18th century. Another family, descended from a different John Seymour, from Cornwall,


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