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Sellen Name Meaning

German: possibly a habitational name from a place so called in Westphalia. Swedish (Sellén): ornamental name probably formed with the placename element sel ‘stretch of smooth water’ + the suffix -én a derivative of Latin -enius. English (Kent): habitational name from Selling or Sellindge (both Kent) though the distribution suggests that the former is the more likely source of the surname. Both placenames probably mean ‘the companions the people who share a dwelling’ from Old English setl sedl ‘abode dwelling’ + the groupname suffix -ingas.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Sellin, Hellen, Seller, Selle, Kellen, Selden, Belle, Helle, Wellen

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Where is the Sellen family from?

You can see how Sellen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sellen family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sellen families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 39 Sellen families living in Ontario. This was about 83% of all the recorded Sellen's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Sellen families in 1911.
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What did your Sellen ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Sellen. 100% of Sellen men worked as a Farmer. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
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There are 13,000 census records available for the last name Sellen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sellen census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Sellen. 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 Cards

There are 759 military records available for the last name Sellen. For the veterans among your Sellen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sellen lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Sellen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1991, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Sellen in 1948 was 63, and 75 in 2004.

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