The first people to use the name Selkyrk were a family of Strathclyde- Britons
who lived in the Scottish/English Borderlands. The name comes from when someone lived in the former royal burgh county town of Selkirk.
Early Origins of the Selkyrk family
The surname Selkyrk 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 Selkyrk family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Selkyrk research.Another 305 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1291, 1350, 1368, 1676 and 1721 are included under the topic Early Selkyrk History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Selkyrk Spelling Variations
Surnames that evolved in Scotland
in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations
. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. Selkyrk has appeared as Selkirk, Salkirk, Silkrige, Selkyrk, Selcraig and others.
Early Notables of the Selkyrk family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Selkyrk family to the New World and Oceana
The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan
families back home. Many Scots even fought against England
in the American War of Independence
to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. Among them: James Selkirk who settled in New York State in 1774; Robert Selkridge settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1767.
The Selkyrk 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.