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The Anglo-Saxon name Selfridge comes from the Old English given name Saulf. Selfridge 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 and wulf, which mean sea and wolf.

Selfridge Early Origins



The surname Selfridge was 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.

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Selfridge Spelling Variations


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Selfridge Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Selfridge were recorded, including Self, Selfe and others.

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Selfridge Early History


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Selfridge Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Selfridge research. Another 275 words (20 lines of text) covering the year 1086 is included under the topic Early Selfridge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Selfridge Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Selfridge Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Selfridge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Selfridge In Ireland


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Selfridge In Ireland



Some of the Selfridge 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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Selfridge family emigrate to North America:

Selfridge Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • William Holmes Selfridge, aged 46, originally from Coleraine, Ireland, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Columbia" from Glasgow, Scotland [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J649-6YW : 6 December 2014), William Holmes Selfridge, 04 Dec 1919; citing departure port Glasgow, arrival port New York, ship name Columbia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Sarah Evelyn Selfridge, aged 17, originally from Coleraine, Ireland, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Columbia" from Glasgow, Scotland [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J649-6YH : 6 December 2014), Sarah Evelyn Selfridge, 04 Dec 1919; citing departure port Glasgow, arrival port New York, ship name Columbia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Wilfred Homes Selfridge, aged 6, originally from Coleraine, Ireland, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Columbia" from Glasgow, Scotland [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J649-6YC : 6 December 2014), Wilfred Homes Selfridge, 04 Dec 1919; citing departure port Glasgow, arrival port New York, ship name Columbia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Anna Selfridge, aged 5, originally from Coleraine, Ireland, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Columbia" from Glasgow, Scotland [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J649-6YZ : 6 December 2014), Anna Selfridge, 04 Dec 1919; citing departure port Glasgow, arrival port New York, ship name Columbia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Richard Selfridge, aged 39, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Vauban" from Liverpool, England [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6FM-SPL : 6 December 2014), Richard Selfridge, 07 Jul 1920; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Vauban, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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Contemporary Notables of the name Selfridge (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Selfridge (post 1700)



  • John Lewis Selfridge (1927-2010), American mathematician who contributed to the fields of analytic number theory, computational number theory, and combinatorics
  • Thomas Etholen Selfridge (1882-1908), American first lieutenant in the U.S. Army, the first person to die in a crash of a powered airplane as a passenger on an aircraft piloted by Orville Wright, grandson of Rear Admiral Thomas Oliver Selfridge Sr
  • Thomas Oliver Selfridge Jr. (1836-1924), American officer in the United States Navy, co-eponym of the USS Selfridge (DD-357), a United States Navy destroyer
  • Rear Admiral Thomas Oliver Selfridge Sr. (1804-1902), American officer in the United States Navy, eponym of the USS Selfridge (DD-320), a United States Navy destroyer and co-eponym of the USS Selfridge (DD-357), a United States Navy destroyer
  • Oliver Gordon Selfridge (1926-2008), English-born, American pioneer of artificial intelligence, often been called the "Father of Machine Perception", grandfather of Harry Gordon Selfridge
  • Peter A. Selfridge, the current United States Chief of Protocol
  • Harry Gordon Selfridge Sr. (1858-1947), American-born British retail magnate, founder of the London-based department store Selfridges

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J649-6YW : 6 December 2014), William Holmes Selfridge, 04 Dec 1919; citing departure port Glasgow, arrival port New York, ship name Columbia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J649-6YH : 6 December 2014), Sarah Evelyn Selfridge, 04 Dec 1919; citing departure port Glasgow, arrival port New York, ship name Columbia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J649-6YC : 6 December 2014), Wilfred Homes Selfridge, 04 Dec 1919; citing departure port Glasgow, arrival port New York, ship name Columbia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J649-6YZ : 6 December 2014), Anna Selfridge, 04 Dec 1919; citing departure port Glasgow, arrival port New York, ship name Columbia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6FM-SPL : 6 December 2014), Richard Selfridge, 07 Jul 1920; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Vauban, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Other References

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  2. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  6. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
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  9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Selfridge Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Selfridge 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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