Early Origins of the Sefferly family
The surname Sefferly was first found in Lancashire
at Shakerley, which is now a suburb of Tyldesley in the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan, Greater Manchester. Shakerley is derived from the Old English words "sceacere" + "leah" and literally meant "robbers woodland glade or clearing." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
The earliest record of the place name was Shakerlee in 1210. Adam de Shakerley was the first of the name living in the area about 1200.
Early History of the Sefferly family
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Sefferly Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Shakerley, Shackerly, Shackerley, Shack and many more.
Early Notables of the Sefferly family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sefferly family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Shakley, who settled in Virginia in 1650; Adam and Jacob Shack, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1751; as well as Henry Shocklier, who was naturalized in Philadelphia in 1739..
The Sefferly 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: antiquum obtinens
Motto Translation: Possessing our ancient honour.