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Early Origins of the Sephton family

The surname Sephton was first found in Lancashire (now Merseyside) at Sefton, a village and civil parish which dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was first listed as Sextone 1 and literally meant "farmstead where rushes grow," from the Old Scandinavian word "sef" + the Old English word "tun." 2

One of the first records of the family was Henry de Sefton who was listed in the Assize Rolls for Lancashire in 1285. 3

Early History of the Sephton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sephton research. Another 104 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1285, 1593, 1595, 1602, 1686, 1756, 1761 and 1806 are included under the topic Early Sephton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sephton Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Sefton, Sephton, Septon and others.

Early Notables of the Sephton family

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was

  • Henry Sephton (c. 1686-1756), English leading mason and architect in Liverpool, the architect-builder of Ince Blundell Hall and Halton Court House, Halton, Cheshire

United States Sephton migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Sephton or a variant listed above were:

Sephton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Sephton, who was send to the Windward Islands in 1722
Sephton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Sephton, aged 32, who landed in America, in 1894
Sephton Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Hettie Sephton, who immigrated to the United States, in 1903
  • James Sephton, aged 43, who landed in America from Warrington, England, in 1908
  • Elizabeth Sephton, aged 62, who immigrated to the United States from St. Helens, England, in 1911
  • Lavinia Sephton, aged 41, who immigrated to the United States from Bolton, England, in 1912
  • William Sephton, aged 23, who landed in America, in 1918
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Sephton migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sephton Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Clara Sephton, aged 28, who immigrated to Davidson, Canada, in 1913
  • Edward Sephton, aged 6, who settled in Davidson, Canada, in 1913
  • Edward Sephton, aged 30, who immigrated to Davidson, Canada, in 1913
  • Evelyn Sephton, aged 8, who immigrated to Davidson, Canada, in 1913

Australia Sephton migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Sephton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Sephton (post 1700) +

  • Petty Officer Alfred Edward Sephton VC (1911-1941), member of the English Royal Navy, recipient of the Victoria Cross 5
  • Ven. Arthur Sephton, Archdeacon of Craven

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. William Sephton, English Night Fireman's Cook from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania (1915) and survived the sinking 6

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 10th February 2022). Retrieved from
  5. World War 2 - SEPHTON, Alfred. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Alfred Sephton. Retrieved from
  6. Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from on Facebook