Selden Family History

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Selden Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Selden Farm in the parish of Patching, Sussex, probably so called from Old English s(e)alh ‘willow’ + denu ‘valley’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Elden, Sellen, Walden, Skeldon, Belden, Hedden, Weldon, Welden, Olden

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Selden Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Selden name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Selden. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Selden Family Origin

Where is the Selden family from?

Selden Family Occupations

What did your Selden ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Selden. A less common occupation for the Selden family was Lawyer. The most common Selden occupation in the USA was Farmer. 28% of Selden's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Lawyer


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Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Selden ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Selden Historical Records

What Selden family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 14,000 census records available for the last name Selden. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Selden census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Selden. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Selden. For the veterans among your Selden ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Selden Life Expectancy

What is the average Selden lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Selden life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Selden in 1947 was 29, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Selden

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Selden ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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