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Sefton Early Origins



The surname Sefton 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and literally meant "farmstead where rushes grow," from the Old Scandinavian word "sef" + the Old English word "tun." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

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Sefton Spelling Variations


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Sefton Spelling Variations



Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Sefton, Sephton, Septon and others.

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Sefton Early History


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Sefton Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sefton research. Another 217 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1285, 1595, 1602, 1455, 1487, 1686 and 1756 are included under the topic Early Sefton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sefton Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sefton Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sefton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Sefton or a variant listed above:

Sefton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Sefton, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1773

Sefton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Sefton, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1817
  • John Sefton, who was on record in Cincinnati in 1825

Sefton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Sefton arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1874
  • Mary Sefton arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1874
  • Vanentine Sefton arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1874
  • Jane Sefton arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1874
  • Sarah Sefton arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sefton (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sefton (post 1700)



  • Fred Sefton (1888-1976), American basketball and football coach, head football coach at University of Akron (1915 to 1923)
  • Elenore Sefton, American politician, Delegate to New York convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933
  • Allan Roy Sefton OAM (1921-1989), Australian ornithologist, naturalist and environmentalist, founder of the New South Wales Albatross Study Group, awarded the British Empire Medal (1975) and Australian Natural History Medallion (1978)
  • Clyde Sefton (b. 1951), Australian Olympic silver medalist cyclist at the 1972 Olympics
  • William H Sefton, Chairman, Runcorn Development Corporation

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Citations


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Citations



  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)

Other References

  1. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  4. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  7. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
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The Sefton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sefton Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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