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Where did the English Sellighe family come from? What is the English Sellighe family crest and coat of arms? When did the Sellighe family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Sellighe family history?

The name Sellighe is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in the parish of Sellick found in the county of Herefordshire. The surname Sellighe is a habitation name which forms a broad category of surnames that were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Sellighe are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Sellighe include: Sellick, Selleck, Sellock, Sellock, Sellecke, Seliock, Sellighe, Sellioke and many more.

First found in Herefordshire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sellighe research. Another 189 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1250 and 1450 are included under the topic Early Sellighe History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Sellighe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Sellighe or a variant listed above: Samuel Sellick settled in Virginia in 1654; Nathanial Sellich settled in Philadelphia in 1764.

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The Sellighe Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sellighe 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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