Show ContentsCellier History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The earliest origins of the name Cellier date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxons. The name is derived from the baptismal name Silvester or Silvanus. During the middle Ages this personal name was quite popular, as it was borne by three popes. In the religious naming tradition surnames were bestowed in honor of religious figures or church officials. In Europe, the Christian Church was one of the most powerful influences on the formation of given names. Personal names derived from the names of saints, apostles, biblical figures and missionaries are widespread in most European countries. In the Middle Ages, they became increasingly popular because people believed that the souls of the deceased continued to be involved in this world. They named their children after saints in the hope that the child would be blessed or protected by the saint.

Early Origins of the Cellier family

The surname Cellier was first found in Northamptonshire where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Cellier family

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Cellier Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Cellier include Sill, Sille, Sills, Silles, Sell, Selle, Sells and many more.

Early Notables of the Cellier family

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Cellier Ranking

In France, the name Cellier is the 1,298th most popular surname with an estimated 4,350 people with that name. 1

United States Cellier migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Cellier or a variant listed above:

Cellier Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Cellier, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1727 2
  • Pierre Cellier, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748 2
  • Peter Cellier, aged 21, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773 2

Canada Cellier migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cellier Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Mr. Jean Cellier, French settler travelling to Canada to work for Jeanne Mance and Sister Judith Moreau, arriving on 8th June 1659 3

Contemporary Notables of the name Cellier (post 1700) +

  • Caroline Cellier (1945-2020), French actress who appeared in such films as L'année des méduses (Year of the Jellyfish) and La vie, l'amour, la mort

  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. Debien, Gabriel. Liste Des Engagés Pour Le Canada Au XVIIe Siècle. Vol. 6, Laval University, 1952. (Retreived 24th May 2018). Retrieved from on Facebook