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Language(s) Middle English
Other names
Variant(s) Seagar

Seeger is the surname of various people, including an extended family of American musicians.


Seeger is one of the variant forms of Seagar, a surname of Middle English origin based on the given name Segar, which was formed from Old English ("sea") and gar ("spear").[1]

Seeger family of musicians[edit]

  • Charles Seeger (1886–1979), American musicologist, composer, and teacher
(i) Constance Edson Seeger, violinist; first wife of Charles; three children
  • Charles Seeger III, (1912–2002) astronomer
  • John Seeger, (1914–2010), high school principal and co-founder of Camp Killooleet, a summer camp in Vermont
  • Pete Seeger (1919–2014), one of the preeminent American folk and protest singers of the 20th century
() Toshi Seeger (1922–2013), filmmaker and environmental activist, wife of Pete Seeger; 4 children
  • Daniel Seeger[2]
  • Mika Seeger[2] American ceramic artist; daughter of Pete and Toshi Seeger
  • Tinya Seeger [2]
(ii) Ruth Crawford Seeger (1901–1953), a modernist composer and an American folk music specialist; second wife of Charles; 4 children
  • Mike Seeger (1933–2009), American folk musician and folklorist
  • Barbara Seeger, appeared on Animal Folk Songs for Children (1992) with Mike Seeger and others
  • Penny Seeger, married John Cohen
  • Alan Seeger (1888–1916), American poet; brother of Charles
  • Elizabeth Seeger (1889–1973), teacher at Dalton School and author; sister of Charles and Alan


Legal cases[edit]

"Seeger" may also reference either of two legal cases involving the individuals above:


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hanks, Patrick & Hodges, Flavia (1988) The Oxford Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press; p. 556
  2. ^ a b c Bart Barnes, "Pete Seeger, legendary folk singer, dies at 94", The Washington Post, January 28, 2014