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Where did the English Selleck family come from? What is the English Selleck family crest and coat of arms? When did the Selleck family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Selleck family history?

In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Selleck surname lived in the parish of Sellick found in the county of Herefordshire. The surname Selleck is a habitation name which forms a broad category of surnames that were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came.


It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Selleck are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Selleck include: Sellick, Selleck, Sellock, Sellock, Sellecke, Seliock, Sellighe, Sellioke and many more.

First found in Herefordshire 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 Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Selleck research. Another 189 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1250 and 1450 are included under the topic Early Selleck History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Selleck Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Selleck or a variant listed above:

Selleck Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • David Selleck, who arrived in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1633

Selleck Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Selleck, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Charles Selleck, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851


  • Brigadier-General Clyde Andrew Selleck (1888-1973), American Attached to the National Guard Bureau (1946-1947)
  • Thomas William "Tom" Selleck (b. 1945), Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning American actor, screenwriter and film producer
  • Eric Selleck (b. 1987), Canadian professional ice hockey player
  • Sir Francis Palmer Selleck KBE (1895-1976), Australian politician, Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Australia


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The Selleck Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Selleck 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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