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Self is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name that is derived from the Old English given name Saulf. Self is a patronymic surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Many patronymic surnames were formed by adopting the given name of an ancestor of the bearer, while others came from popular religious names, and from the names of secular heroes. In this case, the surname arose out of the vernacular tradition, and was likely the name of an ancestor of the bearer. The given name Saulf was composed of the elements sę and wulf, which mean sea and wolf.
Self has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Self, Selfe and others.
First found in Derbyshire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Self research. Another 275 words (20 lines of text) covering the year 1086 is included under the topic Early Self History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Self Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Self family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Selfs to arrive on North American shores:
Self Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Self Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Self Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Self Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Self Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
The Self Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Self 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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