Sellen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Sellen 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.

Early Origins of the Sellen family

The surname Sellen 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.

Early History of the Sellen family

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Sellen Spelling Variations

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Sellen include Sell, Selle, Sellen, Sellers, Seller, Sellmann, Sellman and many more.

Early Notables of the Sellen family (pre 1700)

Notables of the period with the name Sellen 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...
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United States Sellen migration to the United States +

Many Germans emigrated across the Atlantic to seek better lives in North America. This great migration began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century. Resettlement was particularly attractive to those from Westphalia as a means of escape from poverty and religious persecution. For many Westphalian farmers, the chance to own one's own land was also a major incentive. The process of the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlements centered around Ontario and the Prairie provinces. Among them:

Sellen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Dirick Sellen, who sailed to Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1691
  • Dirick Sellen, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1691-1692 [1]
  • Hendrick Sellen, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1691-1692 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Sellen (post 1700) +

  • John H. Sellen, American founder of John H. Sellen Construction Company in 1944, now known as Sellen Construction
  • Birgitta Sellén (b. 1945), Swedish Centre Party politician, Second Vice Speaker of the Riksdag in 2006

  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) on Facebook