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Sely History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Many Irish names are English translations of Gaelic names. The name Sely was a translation of the Gaelic name O Scolaidhe, which means student.

Early Origins of the Sely family


The surname Sely was first found in county Westmeath (Irish: An Iarmhí) in the Irish Midlands, province of Leinster, where they held a family seat from very early times.

Early History of the Sely family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sely research.
Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 117 and 1172 are included under the topic Early Sely History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sely Spelling Variations


Irish names were rarely spelled with much consistency during the Middle Ages. As the many spelling variations of the name Sely dating from that time attests: Scully, Scally, O'Scully and others.

Early Notables of the Sely family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Sely family to the New World and Oceana


In the 18th and 19th centuries, hundreds of thousands of Irish immigrants landed on North American shores. Although many of them were merely looking for a free plot of land and living of their very own, many later immigrants were desperately fleeing an overcrowded land that did not have sufficient food for its inhabitants. The exodus from Ireland was greatest during the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine had stricken the island. Although this large influx of Irish was unpopular with the great majority of people already established within the major centers, these Irish were critical to the speedy development of the United States and those colonies that would eventually become known as Canada. These immigrants provided the cheap labor required to build modern roads, bridges, canals, and railways. Research of passenger and immigration lists has shown a number of immigrants to North America baring the name of Sely:

Sely Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Sely, who arrived in Maryland in 1676 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Sely Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Sely, who landed in Virginia in 1701-1702 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

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  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)

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