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The history of the name Sells begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from the baptismal name Silvester or Silvanus. During the middle Ages this personal name was quite popular, as it was borne by three popes. In the religious naming tradition surnames were bestowed in honor of religious figures or church officials. In Europe, the Christian Church was one of the most powerful influences on the formation of given names. Personal names derived from the names of saints, apostles, biblical figures and missionaries are widespread in most European countries. In the Middle Ages, they became increasingly popular because people believed that the souls of the deceased continued to be involved in this world. They named their children after saints in the hope that the child would be blessed or protected by the saint.

Sells Early Origins



The surname Sells was first found in Northamptonshire where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Sells Spelling Variations


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Sells Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Sells has been recorded under many different variations, including Sill, Sille, Sills, Silles, Sell, Selle, Sells and many more.

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Sells Early History


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Sells Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sells research. Another 256 words (18 lines of text) covering the year 1637 is included under the topic Early Sells History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sells Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sells Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Sells or a variant listed above:

Sells Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Sells landed in North America in 1772

Sells Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Albert Sells, aged 29, who landed in America from Kent, in 1893
  • Harry Sells, aged 12, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894
  • Michael Sells, aged 48, who landed in America, in 1896
  • J.H. Sells, aged 35, who landed in America, in 1897

Sells Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Cora Sells, aged 33, who settled in America, in 1903
  • Sarah Sells, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • Clinton Wheeler Sells, who emigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • Elias T. Sells, aged 52, who emigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Elijah W Sells, aged 54, who landed in America, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sells (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sells (post 1700)



  • Charles Harvey Sells (1889-1978), New York State Superintendent of Public Works (1943 to 1948)
  • Toby Sells, American special effects make-up artist and make-up effects designer from Tennessee
  • Cato Sells (1859-1948), American commissioner at the Bureau of Indian Affairs (1913 to 1921)
  • Elijah Watt Sells (1858-1924), American accountant, founding partner in Haskins & Sells, which later became Deloitte & Touche
  • Sam Riley Sells (1871-1935), American politician, member of the United States House of Representatives for Tennessee
  • David "Dave" Wayne Sells (b. 1946), American retired Major League Baseball player
  • Michael Anthony Sells (b. 1949), American John Henry Barrows Professor of Islamic History and Literature at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    3. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    4. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    5. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
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    The Sells Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sells 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.

    This page was last modified on 18 December 2014 at 18:40.

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