What does Seymour mean?
Seymour /sey-mour/ as a boys' name is pronounced SEE-mor. It is of English origin, and the meaning of Seymour is "Saint-Maur".
The name of a place in northern France. Many Norman aristocrats who conquered England in 1066 were known by the place names of the estates they left behind in France. English pronunciation of these baronial titles led to the creation of surnames such as Seymour and Sinclair. The Norman French name Maur is derived from Mauricus, Latin ancestor to the English name Maurice, meaning "dark-skinned". Mostly 19th century use.
How popular is Seymour?
Seymour is a somewhat prominent first name for males (#836 out of 1220, Top 68%) and an even more prominent last name for both adults and children (#1327 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Seymour for boys. Seymour reached its apex rank of #223 in the U.S. in the 1920s, but is not found in the list currently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
The only other popular variation form of Seymour is Maurice (#583 in 2014). Adoption of these forms of Seymour was at its apex during the years 1920-1929 (median #170) and has become significantly lower since (#791, down 75%), with the versions Maurice and Seymour becoming less in vogue. Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of the boy name Seymour and associated names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)