Seaxnéat is only mentioned in two sources. One is a renuciation formula that had to be performed by the Saxons before baptism where he is listed with Woden (Odin) and Thunor (Thor). The other is in the genealogies of the kings of Essex. Scholars because of this have often linked him to Tiw, assuming he must have been an important deity to be place beside two of the greater deities. A few have argued that he may be Frea (Freyr). His name means "sword friend."