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Multiple Origins for the Surname Sellers


Scottish


An ancient Scottish people known as the Picts were the forefathers of the Sellers family. Sellers is a name for a merchant, someone who worked in cellars, and a saddler. Sellers 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 Sellers 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, Sellers 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 Sellers 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.

Sellers Early Origins



The surname Sellers 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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Sellers Spelling Variations


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Sellers Spelling Variations



Prior to the invention of the printing press in the last hundred years, documents were basically unique. Names were written according to sound, and often appeared differently each time they were recorded. Spelling variations of the name Sellers include Sellers, Sellars, Sellors and others.

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Sellers Early History


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Sellers Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sellers research. Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1281, 1482, 1630, 1698, 1671, 1646 and 1705 are included under the topic Early Sellers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sellers Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sellers Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Colin Sellars of Aberdeen; and John Seller ( ca. 1630-1698), English hydrographer and compass maker who published the first sailing directions...

Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sellers Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sellers In Ireland


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Sellers In Ireland



Some of the Sellers family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



The freedom of the North American colonies was enticing, and many Scots left to make the great crossing. It was a long and hard journey, but its reward was a place where there was more land than people and tolerance was far easier to come by. Many of these people came together to fight for a new nation in the American War of Independence, while others remained loyal to the old order as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of Scots in North America have recovered much of this heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and other such organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important and early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Sellers:

Sellers Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Roger Sellers, who landed in Maryland in 1663 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Samuel Sellers, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Sellers Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Nicho Sellers, who landed in Virginia in 1701 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Jacob Sellers, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1729 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Sellers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Sellers, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1827
  • Thomas Sellers, who settled in Philadelphia in 1846
  • Philip Sellers, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • J M Sellers, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • George Sellers, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1858
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sellers Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Rd Sellers, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Richard Sellers, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750

Sellers Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Sellers, aged 37, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arab" in 1841
  • Mary Sellers, aged 36, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arab" in 1841
  • John Sellers, aged 23, a farm labourer, who arrived in Napier aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1879

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sellers (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sellers (post 1700)



  • Jack Sellers (1944-2016), American professional stock car racing driver and team owner
  • Phillip "Phil" Sellers Jr. (b. 1953), American former professional NBA basketball player
  • Michael "Mike" Sellers (b. 1975), former American NFL football fullback
  • Joey Sellers, American contemporary composer, arranger, and trombonist
  • Isaiah Sellers (1802-1864), American river boat captain, said to be the inspiration of Samuel Clemen's pen-name Mark Twain
  • Bradley Donn "Brad" Sellers (b. 1962), American retired professional basketball player and current politician, Mayor of Warrensville Heights
  • Johnny Sellers (1937-2010), American jockey who has 2,787 career wins, inducted into the United States' Racing Hall of Fame (2007)
  • Piers John Sellers PH.D. (b. 1955), British-American scientist and a NASA astronaut with over 559 hours in space
  • Alfred M Sellers (b. 1924), prominent American physician, who became chief of a clinic at the University of Pennsylvania
  • William Sellers (1824-1905), American mechanical engineer, manufacturer, and inventor who held more than 90 patents
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  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)

Other References

  1. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  3. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
  4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  5. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  6. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  7. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
  8. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
  9. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  10. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
  11. ...

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