Selle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The rich and ancient history of the Selle family name dates back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes 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.

Early Origins of the Selle family

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

Early History of the Selle family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Selle research. Another 71 words (5 lines of text) covering the year 1637 is included under the topic Early Selle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Selle Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Selle have been found, including Sill, Sille, Sills, Silles, Sell, Selle, Sells and many more.

Early Notables of the Selle family (pre 1700)

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United States Selle migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Selle, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

Selle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Wilhelm Selle, who arrived in New York, NY in 1782 [1]
Selle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • F. W. Selle, who settled in New Orleans in 1820
  • F. N. Selle, who settled in Mississippi in 1820
  • F. W. Selle, who settled in New Orleans in 1820
  • Elis Selle, who landed in America in 1844 [1]
  • August Selle, who arrived in New York in 1850 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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