Sefftan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Sefftan family
The surname Sefftan was first found in Lancashire (now Merseyside) at Sefton, a village and civil parish which dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was first listed as Sextone  and literally meant "farmstead where rushes grow," from the Old Scandinavian word "sef" + the Old English word "tun." 
One of the first records of the family was Henry de Sefton who was listed in the Assize Rolls for Lancashire in 1285. 
Early History of the Sefftan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sefftan research. Another 104 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1285, 1595, 1602, 1593, 1602, 1761, 1806, 1686 and 1756 are included under the topic Early Sefftan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sefftan Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Sefftan were recorded, including Sefton, Sephton, Septon and others.
Early Notables of the Sefftan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sefftan family
The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Sefftan arrived in North America very early: John Septon, who arrived in Virginia in 1650; William Sephton, who was send to the Windward Islands in 1722; Judith Septon, who came to America in 1744.
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- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)