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Selwan is one of the oldest family names to come from the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from the personal name Saelwig which is an Old English word meaning prosperity war. The personal name Saelwig was an ancient font name that was brought to England by the Normans. After the Norman Conquest, the Old English naming system gradually dissolved. Old English names became less common and were replaced by popular continental European names. The earliest surnames in England were found shortly after the Norman Conquest and are of Norman French rather than native English origins.

Early Origins of the Selwan family


The surname Selwan was first found in Staffordshire where "about the reign of Henry III, William Salwey was Lord of Leacroft, a hamlet in the parish of Cannock in Staffordshire; hence the family removed to Stanford in Worcestershire; of which John Salwey was owner in the third of Henry IV." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

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Early History of the Selwan family

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Early History of the Selwan family


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Selwan Spelling Variations

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Selwan Spelling Variations


Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Selwan has undergone many spelling variations, including Salwey, Sewyn, Selwyn, Selwin, Sallowaye and others.

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Early Notables of the Selwan family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Selwan family (pre 1700)


Notables of this surname at this time include: Geoffrey Salewey of Stafford; Arthur Salwey of Stanford Court at Stanford-on-Teme, Worcestershire; his son, Humphrey Salwey (1575-1652), an English politician, Member of Parliament for...
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Migration of the Selwan family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Selwan family to the New World and Oceana


To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Selwan were among those contributors: William and Thomas Salwey settled in Philadelphia in 1683.

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The Selwan Motto

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The Selwan Motto


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fiat voluntas dei
Motto Translation: The will of God be done.


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Citations

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  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

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