Sefftind History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Sefftind family

The surname Sefftind 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 [1] and literally meant "farmstead where rushes grow," from the Old Scandinavian word "sef" + the Old English word "tun." [2]

One of the first records of the family was Henry de Sefton who was listed in the Assize Rolls for Lancashire in 1285. [3]

Early History of the Sefftind family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sefftind 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 Sefftind History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sefftind Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Sefftind have been found, including Sefton, Sephton, Septon and others.

Early Notables of the Sefftind family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Sefftind family

For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Sefftind were among those contributors: 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.



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


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