(now Merseyside) at Sefton, a village and civil parish which dates back to the
and literally meant "farmstead where rushes grow," from the Old Scandinavian word "sef" + the Old English word "tun."
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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.
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, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1874
- Mary Sefton, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1874
- Vanentine Sefton, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1874
- Jane Sefton, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1874
- Sarah Sefton, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1874