The Strathclyde-Briton people of ancient Scotland
were the first to use the name Selkrege. The Selkrege family lived in the former royal burgh county town of Selkirk.
Early Origins of the Selkrege family
The surname Selkrege 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 Selkrege family
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Selkrege Spelling Variations
The variation in the spelling of Medieval names is a result of the lack of spelling rules in the English language prior to the last few hundred
years. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound, often varying the spelling of name within a single document. Selkrege has appeared as Selkirk, Salkirk, Silkrige, Selkyrk, Selcraig and others.
Early Notables of the Selkrege family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Selkrege family to the New World and Oceana
As the persecution of Clan
families continued, they sailed for North America in increasing numbers. In most cases, they found the freedom and opportunity they sought. Land was often available and the American War of Independence
allowed Scots an opportunity to solidify their independence from the English crown. These settlers and their ancestors went on to play essential roles in the forging of the nations of the United States and Canada. Among them: James Selkirk who settled in New York State in 1774; Robert Selkridge settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1767.
The Selkrege 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.