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Where did the English Selke family come from? What is the English Selke family crest and coat of arms? When did the Selke family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Selke family history?Selke is an ancient Anglo-Saxon surname that came from the baptismal name for the son of Cecil, deriving from the nickname Sill. After the Norman Conquest, the Old English naming system gradually dissolved. Old English names became less common and were replaced by popular continental European names. The earliest surnames in England were found shortly after the Norman Conquest and are of Norman French rather than native English origins.
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Selke has been recorded under many different variations, including Silcock, Silcocks, Silcox, Sylcox, Sylcock, Shilcock, Shrilcox, Shrilcocks, Silk and many more.
First found in Derbyshire where they held a family seat from early times and were anciently descended from the distinguished Saxon family who held a family seat there well before the Norman Conquest. The name is derived from a colloquial term in Derbyshire about the year 1000 describing a thrush, i.e. a "shrilcock" or "shilcock."
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Selke research. Another 338 words(24 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1283, 1379, and 1781 are included under the topic Early Selke History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Selke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Selke or a variant listed above:
Selke Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Selke Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Selke Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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