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A family of Strathclyde-Briton were the first to use the name Selkirk. They lived in the former royal burgh county town of Selkirk.

Selkirk Early Origins



The surname Selkirk 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.

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Selkirk Spelling Variations


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Selkirk Spelling Variations



In the era before dictionaries, there were no rules governing the spelling or translation of names or any other words. Consequently, there are an enormous number of spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names. Selkirk has appeared as Selkirk, Salkirk, Silkrige, Selkyrk, Selcraig and others.

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Selkirk Early History


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Selkirk Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Selkirk research. Another 305 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1291, 1350, 1368, 1676 and 1721 are included under the topic Early Selkirk History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Selkirk Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Selkirk Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Selkirk 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



The freedom, opportunity, and land of the North American colonies beckoned. There, Scots found a place where they were generally free from persecution and where they could go on to become important players in the birth of new nations. Some fought in the American War of Independence, while others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these Scottish settlers have been able to recover their lost national heritage in the last century through highland games and Clan societies in North Ameri ca. Among them:

Selkirk Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Selkirk who settled in New York State in 1774

Selkirk Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • D Selkirk, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • James M Selkirk, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1854
  • James Selkirk, who arrived in Georgia in 1855

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Contemporary Notables of the name Selkirk (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Selkirk (post 1700)



  • Neil Selkirk (b. 1947), English-born, American portrait photographer, known for his work for Esquire Magazine and the New York Times Magazine
  • George Alexander Selkirk (1908-1987), Canadian Major League Baseball outfielder and front office executive, made the American League All-Star team in 1936 and 1939
  • James Brown "J.B." Selkirk (1832-1904), Scottish poet and essayist
  • Andrew Selkirk, British Editor-in-chief of Current Publishing, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and former Vice-President of the Royal Archaeological Institute
  • Jamie Selkirk, New Zealand Academy Award winning film editor and producer
  • John Selkirk (1782-1843), English songwriter from Tyneside

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Motto


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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.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    2. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
    3. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    8. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    10. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
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    The Selkirk Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Selkirk 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 11 September 2016 at 07:32.

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