Seftent History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Seftent family
The surname Seftent 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 Seftent family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Seftent 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 Seftent History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Seftent Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Sefton, Sephton, Septon and others.
Early Notables of the Seftent family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Seftent family
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Seftent or a variant listed above: 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)