It was among those Anglo-Saxon
tribes that once ruled over Britain that the name Seelmen was formed. The name was derived from the baptismal name Soloman,
which was an ancient personal name
. Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames. The surname Seelmen also has origins as a nickname
for a man who was considered to be wise or fortunate.
Early Origins of the Seelmen family
The surname Seelmen was first found in Surrey
where they were Lords of the manor of Caterham from ancient times. Alternatively, the name could have been derived from Selham, a small village in the Chichester district of West Sussex
. The village dates back to the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Seleham and literally meant "homestead by a copse of sallow-trees." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Seelmen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Seelmen research.Another 239 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1240, 1303, 1371, 1468, 1800, 1426, 1390, 1411, 1414, 1435, 1414 and 1435 are included under the topic Early Seelmen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Seelmen Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Seelmen include Saleman, Salman, Selman, Selyman, Seleman and others.
Early Notables of the Seelmen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Seelmen family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Seelmen were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: George Selman who settled in Barbados in 1634; Michael Selman arrived in Philadelphia in 1741; another Michael Selman arrived in Philadelphia in 1844.