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The surname Selig is a ancient German name that originated in the Rhineland. While the Germans at first used only one name, population increases created confusion among people of the same name, forcing them to adopt hereditary surnames. Two common types of German names are patronymic names, taken from the given name of the father, and metronymic names, taken from the name of the mother. Selig was derived from the baptismal name for the son of Selig, which originated as a pet form of several German personal names, including Salger, Salafrid and Selibrand.

Selig Early Origins



The surname Selig was first found in the Rhineland, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this Prussian territory an important factor in the development of the nation. The literal meaning of this name in its mediaeval context was "happy" or "cheerful." Ancient chronicles first mention a bearer of this name, one Godefrid Selicheit of the ancient imperial city of Worms, around 1196.

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Selig Spelling Variations


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Selig Spelling Variations



One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Selig include Selig, Seliger (Silesia), Seelig, Seeliger, Seelinger, Zelig, Seliche, Solige, Selege, Selik, Selich, Zelich, Zelik, Selligman, Seligman, Seligmann, Selichman and many more.

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Selig Early History


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Selig Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Selig research. Another 159 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1196, 1365, 1370, and 1464 are included under the topic Early Selig History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Selig Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Selig Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 23 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Selig Notables 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



Hundreds of thousands of Europeans, including many Rhinelanders, made the voyage to North America between the 17th and 20th centuries. It was an escape from religious persecution and poverty and also an opportunity for people to start over and own their own land. Most landed at Ellis Island, off New York before moving on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, and California. Some also landed in Canada and settled in Ontario, while others headed west to the prairie provinces. A study of passenger and immigration lists has shown a number of people bearing the name of Selig, or one of its variants, reaching North America shores very early:

Selig Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johannes Selig, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Johann Selig, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1751
  • Johann Jacob Selig, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751

Selig Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Barbara Selig moved to Texas in 1844
  • Dorothea Selig, who landed in New York, NY in 1850
  • Ernst Selig, aged 31, arrived in New York, NY in 1852

Selig Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Elisabeth Selig, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Friederich Selig, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Jacob Selig, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Johanna Selig, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • John Selig, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Selig (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Selig (post 1700)



  • Martin Selig (b. 1936), German-born, American billionaire property developer
  • Josh Selig, American eleven-time Daytime Emmy Award winning writer and producer, founder and president of Little Airplane Productions
  • William Nicholas Selig (1864-1948), American motion picture industry pioneer, the first producer to expand film-making operations to the West Coast in 1909
  • Allan Huber "Bud" Selig (b. 1934), American baseball executive, Commissioner Emeritus of Baseball
  • Rüdiger Selig (b. 1989), German professional road racing cyclist

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    Other References

    1. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    3. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    4. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    5. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    6. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    7. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    8. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    9. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    10. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    11. ...

    The Selig Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Selig 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.

    This page was last modified on 27 August 2016 at 14:23.

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