The history of the name Selph begins with the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from the Old English given name Saulf.
Selph is a patronymic
surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames
. Many patronymic surnames were formed by adopting the given name of an ancestor of the bearer, while others came from popular religious names, and from the names of secular heroes. In this case, the surname arose out of the vernacular tradition, and was likely the name of an ancestor of the bearer. The given name Saulf was composed of the elements sæ
which mean sea
Early Origins of the Selph family
The surname Selph was first found in Derbyshire
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 Selph family
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Selph 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. Selph has been recorded under many different variations, including Self, Selfe and others.
Early Notables of the Selph family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Selph family to Ireland
Some of the Selph family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 107 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Selph family to the New World and Oceana
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 Selph or a variant listed above:
Selph Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- LaSalle Selph, aged 24, who arrived in America, in 1896
Contemporary Notables of the name Selph (post 1700)
- Jimmie Selph (1915-2000), born James Coin Self, an American country music, rockabilly and bluegrass musician
- Carey Isom Selph (1901-1976), American Major League Baseball infielder who played from 1929 to 1932