The name Selkirch was first used by the ancient Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The first Selkirch to use this name no doubt lived in the former royal burgh county town of Selkirk.
Early Origins of the Selkirch family
The surname Selkirch was first found in Selkirkshire
(Scottish Gaelic: Siorrachd Shalcraig), where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Scotland
to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Selkirch family
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Selkirch Spelling Variations
Scribes in Medieval Scotland
spelled names by sound rather than any set of rules, so an enormous number of spelling variations
exist in names of that era. Selkirch has been spelled Selkirk, Salkirk, Silkrige, Selkyrk, Selcraig and others.
Early Notables of the Selkirch family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Selkirch family to the New World and Oceana
The number of Strathclyde Clan
families sailing for North America increased steadily as the persecution continued. In the colonies, they could find not only freedom from the iron hand of the English government, but land to settle on. The American War of Independence
allowed many of these settlers to prove their independence, while some chose to go to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots played essential roles in the forging of both great nations. Among them: James Selkirk who settled in New York State in 1774; Robert Selkridge settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1767.
The Selkirch Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Jamais arriere
Motto Translation: Never behind.