An ancient Scottish people known as the Picts
were the forefathers of the Celor family. Celor is a name for a merchant, someone who worked in cellars, and a saddler. Celor 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 Celor 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, Celor 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 Celor 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 Celor family
The surname Celor 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 Celor family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Celor research.Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1281, 1482, 1630, 1698, 1671, 1646, 1705, 1700 and 1671 are included under the topic Early Celor History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Celor Spelling Variations
Prior to the invention of the printing press in the last hundred
years, documents were basically unique. Names were written according to sound, and often appeared differently each time they were recorded. Spelling variations
of the name Celor include Sellers, Sellars, Sellors and others.
Early Notables of the Celor family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
at this time was John Seller (ca. 1630-1698), English hydrographer and compass maker who published the first sailing directions for England
in 1671, eponym of the Seller Glacier, Antarctica. Abednego Seller (c.
1646-1705), son of Richard Seller of Plymouth, was an English non-juring divine and controversial writer. CITATION[CLOSE]
Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
John Seller ( fl.
1700), was hydrographer to the king, compiler, publisher, and seller of maps, charts, and geographical books, and was... Another 72 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Celor Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Celor family to the New World and Oceana
The freedom of the North American colonies was enticing, and many Scots left to make the great crossing. It was a long and hard journey, but its reward was a place where there was more land than people and tolerance was far easier to come by. Many of these people came together to fight for a new nation in the American War of Independence
, while others remained loyal to the old order as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of Scots in North America have recovered much of this heritage in the 20th century through Clan
societies and other such organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important and early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Celor: George Sellars settled in Philadelphia in 1854; Thomas Sellars arrived in Philadelphia in 1880; John Sellers arrived in Philadelphia in 1827; Thomas Sellers settled in Philadelphia in 1846.
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- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print