Show ContentsSellick History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Sellick comes from the family having resided in the parish of Sellick found in the county of Herefordshire. The surname Sellick 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.

Early Origins of the Sellick family

The surname Sellick was 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.

Early History of the Sellick family

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Sellick Spelling Variations

Sellick has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Sellick, Selleck, Sellock, Sellock, Sellecke, Seliock, Sellighe, Sellioke and many more.

Early Notables of the Sellick family (pre 1700)

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United States Sellick migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Sellicks to arrive on North American shores:

Sellick Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • David Sellick, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1638 [1]
  • Sandi Sellick, who landed in Virginia in 1650 [1]
  • Samuel Sellick, who settled in Virginia in 1654
Sellick Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J Sellick, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1855 [1]

Australia Sellick migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Sellick Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Luke Sellick, English convict who was convicted in Somerset, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 27th April 1833, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [2]
  • William Sellick, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1840 [3]
  • Grace Sellick, aged 28, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Himalaya" [4]
  • John Sellick, aged 36, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "David Malcolm" [5]
  • Joseph Sellick (aged 19), a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Eliza"
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Contemporary Notables of the name Sellick (post 1700) +

  • Arthur Samuel Sellick (1878-1958), British first-class cricketer
  • Robin Sellick (b. 1967), Australian portrait photographer
  • Phyllis Sellick OBE (1911-2007), British pianist and teacher

  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)
  2. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from
  3. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRFIELD 1840. Retrieved from
  4. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The HIMALAYA 1849. Retrieved from
  5. South Australian Register Tuesday 1st May 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) David Malcolm 1855. Retrieved on Facebook