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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.
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.
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sellen research. Another 309 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1599, 1663, 1797 and 1806 are included under the topic Early Sellen History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 115 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sellen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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
The Sellen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sellen 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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