This interesting and long-established surname is an example of that sizeable group of early European surnames that were gradually created from the habitual use of nicknames. These nicknames were given, in the first instance, with reference to occupation, or to a variety of personal characteristics, such as physical attributes or peculiarities, mental and moral characteristics, and to habits of dress. The derivation, in this case, is from the Old French "seignour", Anglo-Norman French "segneur", ultimately from the Latin "senior", elder, and originally denoted an elder or chief, perhaps the lord of the manor, someone who behaved in a lordly manner, or perhaps acted the part of a lord in a local pageant. The second possibility is that Senior was given as a distinguishing nickname to the elder of two bearers of the same given name, for example, father and son. Early examples of the surname include: Hugh Seinure (Norfolk, 1212); Thomas le Senyur (1271); and Henry Senior (Oxfordshire, 1279). In the modern idiom the surname has no less than fourteen spelling variations including: Seniour, Seanor, Seener, Seignior, Sainer and Senyard. A Coat of Arms granted to the Senior family is a shield divided per fess red and azure with an ermine fess; in chief two gold lions' heads erased, in base a silver dolphin naiant embowed. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Walter Seignure, which was dated 1164, in the "Pipe Rolls of Norfolk", during the reign of King Henry 11, known as "The Builder of Churches", 1154 - 1189.

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  • senior — [ senjɔr ] n. et adj. • 1884; mot angl., du lat. « plus âgé » → seigneur 1 ♦ Sportif plus âgé que les juniors et plus jeune que les vétérans. Catégorie senior. Joueurs seniors. 2 ♦ N. Personne âgée de plus de 50 ans; jeune retraité. « On essaie… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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  • Senior — rsp. senior (lat. ‚älter‘) steht für: einen älteren Menschen, siehe Senioren den Älteren bei gleichnamigen Personen, siehe Namenszusatz #Senior den älteren Teilhaber einer Firma, siehe Seniorpartner einen Zusatz zu einer Stellenbezeichnung einer… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Sénior — es una palabra de origen latino que significa mayor . El término opuesto es junior. El DRAE recoge las formas con tilde y sin tilde de ambas palabras (senior y sénior, júnior y junior).[1] Puede referirse a: Contenido 1 En la actualidad …   Wikipedia Español

  • Sénior — Senior La définition de senior est liée à l’âge, mais ou commence la limite varie de façon subjective. Le mot « senior » peut être synonyme de personne âgée ou être antérieur en tranche d’âge. Un senior peut commencer à 50, 60, 70 ans… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • sénior — 1. Voz procedente del comparativo latino senior (‘más viejo’), cuyo uso actual en español se ha revitalizado por influjo del inglés. En español debe escribirse con tilde por ser palabra llana terminada en consonante distinta de n o s (→ tilde2, 1 …   Diccionario panhispánico de dudas

  • senior — [sēn′yər] adj. [ME < L senior, compar. of senex, old: see SENATE] 1. of the greater age; older: written Sr. after the name of a father whose son has been given exactly the same name: opposed to JUNIOR 2. of higher rank or standing, or longer… …   English World dictionary

  • Senior — Sm älterer Geschäftspartner, älterer Mensch erw. fremd. Erkennbar fremd (14. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus dem Komparativ l. senior älter zu l. senex alt .    Ebenso nndl. senior, ne. senior, nfrz. senior, nnorw. senior; Senat. ✎ DF 4 (1978),… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • sénior — (plural seniors o senior seniors o senior) adjetivo 1. [Persona] que es mayor que otra de la misma familia y tiene su mismo nombre: J. Gutiérrez sénior firmará ejemplares de su libro de poemas mañana por la mañana …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • Senior — Sen ior, a. [L. senior, compar. of senex, gen. senis, old. See {Sir}.] 1. More advanced than another in age; prior in age; elder; hence, more advanced in dignity, rank, or office; superior; as, senior member; senior counsel. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Senior — is Latin for elder. Senior can refer to: * A person of old age * A student in the last (usually fourth) year at a college or university * A student in the twelfth grade, in high school. Year 11 and 12 in Australia are called seniors * A suffix… …   Wikipedia