Among the the peoples of ancient Scotland
, the first to use the name Selkridge were the Strathclyde- Britons
. Selkridge was a name for someone who lived in the former royal burgh county town of Selkirk.
Early Origins of the Selkridge family
The surname Selkridge was first found in Selkirkshire
(Scottish Gaelic: Siorrachd Shalcraig), where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Scotland
to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Selkridge family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Selkridge research.Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1291, 1350, 1368, 1676, 1721, 1704 and 1709 are included under the topic Early Selkridge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Selkridge Spelling Variations
Medieval Scottish names are rife with spelling variations
. This is due to the fact that scribes in that era spelled according to the sound of words, rather than any set of rules. Selkridge has been spelled Selkirk, Salkirk, Silkrige, Selkyrk, Selcraig and others.
Early Notables of the Selkridge family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Alexander Selkirk (1676-1721), prototype of 'Robinson Crusoe,' also known as Alexander Selcraig, a Scottish privateer and sailor, seventh son of John Selcraig, shoemaker, of Largo, Fifeshire.
In September 1704, Captain Stradling aboard Cinque Ports, dropped Selkirk off on the island of Juan Fernandez with... Another 79 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Selkridge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Selkridge family to the New World and Oceana
Many Scots were left with few options other than to leave their homeland for the colonies across the Atlantic. Some of these families fought to defend their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence
. Others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these families have recently been able to rediscover their roots through Clan
societies and other Scottish organizations. Among them:
Selkridge Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Robert Selkridge, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1767
The Selkridge Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Jamais arriere
Motto Translation: Never behind.
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