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Multiple Origins for the Surname Sell


German


The surname Sell is derived from the Middle High German word "sell," which meant "traveling companion." It was most likely originally nickname, which then became a hereditary surname.

Sell Early Origins



The surname Sell was first found in Westphalia, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region, later moving to Lithuania and East Prussia. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the military and civil service, which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development and eventual unification of the German nation.

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Sell Spelling Variations


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Sell Spelling Variations



In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Sell include Sell, Selle, Sellen, Sellers, Seller, Sellmann, Sellman and many more.

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Sell Early History


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Sell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sell research. Another 309 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1599, 1663, 1797 and 1806 are included under the topic Early Sell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sell Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the period with the name Sell were Thomas Selle (1599-1663), a German baroque composer; and Baron Adolph von Sell (b.1797), who was Lord Chamberlain at the court of Mecklenburg, as well as...

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sell 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



For many Germans, emigration to North America was an inviting alternative to the trials of life in the old country. From the mid-17th into the present century, thousands of Germans migrated across the Atlanti c. They capitalized on the chance to escape poverty and persecution, and to own their own land. After 1650, Germans settled throughout the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also landed in Canada, settling in Ontario or father west on the rich land of the prairies. Among them:

Sell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Edward and Johann Sell, who sailed to Bermuda in 1635
  • Edward and Jo Sell settled in Bermuda in 1635
  • Edward Sell, aged 18, arrived in Bermuda in 1635
  • Jo Sell, aged 15, arrived in Bermuda in 1635
  • John Sell, who landed in Virginia in 1656
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Charles, Felix, Jacob, John, Nickolas, and Peter Sell settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1740 and 1880
  • Jacob Sell, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1740
  • Johann Nikolaus Sell, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1740
  • Nickolas Sell, aged 42, landed in Pennsylvania in 1740
  • Peter Sell, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1740
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Jos Sell, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Friedrich Christian Sell, aged 22, landed in America in 1843
  • Johann Sell, aged 43, landed in America in 1843
  • Carl Sell, who landed in New York, NY in 1850
  • W Sell, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sell Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Johann Sell, aged 43, arrived in Quebec in 1868

Sell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Daniel Sell, aged 23, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Standard"
  • John Sell, aged 33, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Nugget"
  • David Sell, aged 31, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee"

Sell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Sarah Sell, aged 25, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • Mary Ann Sell, aged 5, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sell (post 1700)



  • Mary Elizabeth Sell, American New York City Ballet dancer
  • Edward B. Sell (d. 2014), American martial arts instructor, and the highest ranking non-Korean practitioner of tae kwon do
  • Friedrich Leopold Sell (b. 1954), German professor of Economics at Bundeswehr University Munich
  • W Edard Sell (b. 1923), American professor and lawyer, Dean of Law at the University of Pittsburgh and later become a member of the legal staff of the U.S. Steel Company

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Suggested Readings for the name Sell


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Suggested Readings for the name Sell



  • Tax Records, Selected Family Names (also Sell Family), Franklin County, Pennsylvania, 1796-1847 by Robert F. Cell.

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Sell Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    2. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    7. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    8. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    9. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    10. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
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    The Sell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sell 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 9 January 2017 at 09:15.

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