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The name Selman originated with the Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled Britain. It is derived from the baptismal name Soloman, which was an ancient personal name. Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames. The surname Selman also has origins as a nickname for a man who was considered to be wise or fortunate.

Selman Early Origins



The surname Selman was first found in Surrey where they were Lords of the manor of Caterham from ancient times. Alternatively, the name could have been derived from Selham, a small village in the Chichester district of West Sussex. The village dates back to the Domesday Book where it was listed as Seleham and literally meant "homestead by a copse of sallow-trees." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

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Selman Spelling Variations


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Selman Spelling Variations



One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Selman has appeared include Saleman, Salman, Selman, Selyman, Seleman and others.

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Selman Early History


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Selman Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Selman research. Another 239 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1240, 1303, 1371, 1468, 1800, 1426, 1390, 1411, 1414, 1435, 1414 and 1435 are included under the topic Early Selman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Selman Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Selman Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Selman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Selman arrived in North America very early:

Selman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • George Selman who settled in Barbados in 1634
  • George Selman, aged 16, landed in Barbados in 1634
  • William Selman, who arrived in Maryland in 1666
  • Henry Selman, who arrived in Maryland in 1673

Selman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Selman, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Mical Selman, aged 17, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1741
  • Michael Selman arrived in Philadelphia in 1741
  • Abraham Selman settled in Philadelphia in 1749

Selman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Selman, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1839
  • William Selman arrived in Philadelphia in 1843
  • Michael Selman arrived in Philadelphia in 1844

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Contemporary Notables of the name Selman (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Selman (post 1700)



  • Bill Selman, American coach of the American Team at the 1982 World Ice Hockey Championships
  • John Marion Selman Jr (1875-1937), American officer in El Paso, Texas who arrested the mistress of gunman John Wesley Hardin for brandishing a gun in public; he was pistol-whipped by Hardin and his father returned later to kill Harden
  • Matt Selman, American Annie Award winning, Writers Guild of America Award winning, five-time Primetime Emmy Award winning writer for the television show "The Simpsons"
  • Matty Selman, American playwright, lyricist and composer based in New York
  • Bart Selman, American associate professor of computer science at Cornell University
  • John Selman (1839-1896), American outlaw and sometimes lawman of the Old West, remembered as the man who shot outlaw John Wesley Hardin in the Acme Saloon in El Paso, Texas on August 19, 1895; himself killed in a shootout with Marshal George Scarborough
  • Rubén Selman (b. 1963), Chilean retired football referee

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  8. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
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The Selman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Selman 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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