Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from the Old English given name Saulf. Selfe 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 sæ and wulf, which mean sea and wolf.
Early Origins of the Selfe family
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.
Early History of the Selfe family
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Selfe Spelling Variations
hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Selfe has been spelled many different ways, including Self, Selfe and others.
Early Notables of the Selfe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Selfe family to Ireland
Some of the Selfe family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Selfe family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Selfes to arrive in North America:
Selfe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Selfe Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Selfe Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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