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Sæmann


Author: CPL
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Discussion of the name

Sæmann is a masculine Old English name formed from the common elements (‘sea’) and mann (‘man’) and identical in form with the common noun meaning ‘seaman’ or ‘pirate’. The second element is a feature of later Old English name-giving, and the handful of pre-Conquest examples of the name all date from after 1000 (Sæmann 1–3).

Bibliography

von Feilitzen 1937: Olof von Feilitzen, The Pre-Conquest Personal Names of Domesday Book, Nomina Germanica 3 (Uppsala: Almqvist and Wiksells, 1937)

Forms of the name

Spellings in Domesday Book: Seman

Forms in modern scholarship:

  von Feilitzen head forms: Sæmann

  Phillimore edition: Saeman

  Alecto edition: Sæmann

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List of property and lordships associated with this name in DB

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