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The ancient Scottish name Sellars is rooted in the people of the Pictish clans. Sellars was a name for a merchant, someone who worked in cellars, and a saddler. Sellars is an occupational surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Occupational surnames were derived from the primary activity of the bearer. In the Middle Ages, people did not generally live off of the fruits of their labor in a particular job. Rather, they performed a specialized task, as well as farming, for subsistence. Other occupational names were derived from an object associated with a particular activity. This type of surname is called a metonymic surname. This surname applies to a variety of occupations. In the case of a merchant, the surname Sellars derives from an ancient derivitave of the Old English word, sell(en), which means, to sell. It also comes from the Old English word, sellan, which means to hand over, or deliver. In the sense of a person who worked in cellars, Sellars is a metonymic occupational name, which comes from the Anglo Norman French word, celler. The cellars referred to in this example, would have been in mansions and other great houses. In the final case, that of a saddler, the surname Sellars comes from the Anglo Norman French word, seller, which is a derivative of the Latin word sellarius, which means seat, or saddle. This ancient occupation was extremely important in the Middle Ages, as horses were the primary mode of transportation.

Sellars Early Origins



The surname Sellars was first found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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Sellars Spelling Variations


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Sellars Spelling Variations



In medieval Scotland, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations were the result. Over the years, the name Sellars has been spelled Sellers, Sellars, Sellors and others.

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Sellars Early History


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Sellars Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sellars research. Another 205 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1281, 1482, 1630, 1698 and 1671 are included under the topic Early Sellars History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sellars Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sellars Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sellars 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



In such difficult times, Ireland, Australia, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of Sellars:

Sellars Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Sellars, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • Tho Sellars, who landed in Virginia in 1703

Sellars Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Sellars settled in Philadelphia in 1854
  • George Sellars, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1870
  • Thomas Sellars arrived in Philadelphia in 1880

Sellars Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Robert Sellars U.E. who settled in Digdeguash, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784, he resettled in 1795 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Sellars Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Sellars arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Stebonheath" in 1849
  • Hugh Sellars, aged 25, a carpenter, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Caroline"

Sellars Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Sellars landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • John Sellars landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship "Lady Nugent"
  • James Sellars, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Resolute" in 1865

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sellars (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sellars (post 1700)



  • Stephanie Sellars, American columnist, screenwriter, actress, singer, director, and producer
  • Roy Wood Sellars (1880-1973), American philosopher of critical realism and religious humanism
  • Peter Sellars (b. 1957), American theatre director, 2014 Polar Music Prize laureate
  • Wilfrid Stalker Sellars (1912-1989), American philosopher
  • James Sellars (1843-1888), Scottish architect
  • William David Hamilton Sellars (b. 1941), Scottish solicitor and officer of arms
  • William "Billy" Sellars (1907-1987), English professional footballer
  • Ernie Sellars (b. 1890), Australian rules footballer
  • William Sellars (b. 1921), British television producer
  • Luke Sellars (b. 1981), professional ice hockey player
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
  5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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The Sellars Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sellars 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.

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