This tribal household dominated district was formed in the year 1956. The district name is according to the headquarter town Seoni. The name Seoni has the origin from the word Seona (or Gudina of arborea) tree belonging to the Verbanaleal family that was commonly found in this area. The wood of this tree is specially used for making Dholak (drum). The District is situated on a narrow,North-South section of Satpura plateau and lies between latitude 21 36′ & 22 57′ North and longitude 79 19′ and 80 17′ East on National Highway Number-7 ( Banaras- Kanyakumari) which connects the District from north to south.