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The Sell name is an important part of the history of the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Sell is derived from the baptismal name Silvester or Silvanus. During the middle Ages this personal name was quite popular, as it was borne by three popes. In the religious naming tradition surnames were bestowed in honor of religious figures or church officials. In Europe, the Christian Church was one of the most powerful influences on the formation of given names. Personal names derived from the names of saints, apostles, biblical figures and missionaries are widespread in most European countries. In the Middle Ages, they became increasingly popular because people believed that the souls of the deceased continued to be involved in this world. They named their children after saints in the hope that the child would be blessed or protected by the saint.

Sell Early Origins



The surname Sell was first found in Northamptonshire where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Sell Spelling Variations


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Sell Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Sell were recorded, including Sill, Sille, Sills, Silles, Sell, Selle, Sells 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 256 words (18 lines of text) covering the year 1637 is 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)



More information is 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



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Sell family emigrate to North America:

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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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    5. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    8. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    9. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. 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 28 August 2016 at 18:58.

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