An ancient Scottish people known as the Picts
were the forefathers of the Sellar family. Sellar is a name for a merchant, someone who worked in cellars, and a saddler. Sellar is an occupational
surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames
surnames were derived from the primary activity of the bearer. In the Middle Ages, people did not generally live off of the fruits of their labor in a particular job. Rather, they performed a specialized task, as well as farming, for subsistence. Other occupational names were derived from an object associated with a particular activity. This type of surname is called a metonymic
surname. This surname applies to a variety of occupations. In the case of a merchant, the surname Sellar derives from an ancient derivitave of the Old English word, sell(en),
which means, to sell.
It also comes from the Old English word, sellan,
which means to hand over, or deliver.
In the sense of a person who worked in cellars, Sellar is a metonymic occupational name, which comes from the Anglo Norman French word, celler.
The cellars referred to in this example, would have been in mansions and other great houses. In the final case, that of a saddler, the surname Sellar comes from the Anglo Norman French word, seller,
which is a derivative of the Latin word sellarius,
which means seat,
This ancient occupation
was extremely important in the Middle Ages, as horses were the primary mode of transportation.
Early Origins of the Sellar family
The surname Sellar was first found in Aberdeenshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland
, 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 Scotland
to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Sellar family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sellar research.Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1281, 1482, 1630, 1698, 1671, 1646 and 1705 are included under the topic Early Sellar History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sellar Spelling Variations
During the Middle Ages, there was no basic set of rules and scribes wrote according to sound. The correct spelling of Scottish names were further compromised after many haphazard translations from Gaelic to English and back. Spelling variations
of the name Sellar include Sellers, Sellars, Sellors and others.
Early Notables of the Sellar family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
at this time was Colin Sellars of Aberdeen; and John Seller (ca. 1630-1698), English hydrographer and compass maker who published the first sailing directions... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sellar Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Sellar family to Ireland
Some of the Sellar family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 77 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Sellar family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Sellar Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- James Sellar, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Blundell" in 1851 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BLUNDELL 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Blundell.htm
- William Sellar, aged 64, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Bee"
- Anne Sellar, aged 19, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Bee"
- Caroline Sellar, aged 17, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Bee"
Sellar Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- James Sellar, aged 42, a baker, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
- Sophia Sellar, aged 37, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
- Margaret Sellar, aged 11, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
- John Sellar, aged 17, a labourer, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
- James Sellar, aged 33, a joiner, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873
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Contemporary Notables of the name Sellar (post 1700)
- Irvine Gerald Sellar (1934-2017), English fashion retailer, and property developer, founder of the Sellar Property Group, and the developer of The Shard
- Craig Sellar Lang (1891-1971), New Zealand organist, music teacher, and composer