Seftend History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Seftend family
The surname Seftend 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 Seftend family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Seftend 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 Seftend History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Seftend Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Sefton, Sephton, Septon and others.
Early Notables of the Seftend family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Seftend family
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Seftend or a variant listed above were: 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)