Selman Family History

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Selman Name Meaning

English: nickname for a happy or fortunate man, from Middle English seely ‘happy’, ‘fortunate’ + man, German Mann ‘man’. English: from the Middle English female personal name Seely (see Seeley 1), or of the nickname Sele (see Seal 4) + man ‘servant’, hence an occupational name for a servant employed by a bearer of either of these names. Jewish (Ashkenazic): from the Yiddish personal name Zelman, a pet form of Zalmen (see Salmon).

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

Similar surnames: Elman, Kelman, Sellman, Seaman, Salman, Belman, Helman, Salmon

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Selman Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Selman. 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


  • European Jewish


  • Norway


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Selman Family Origin

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Selman Family Occupations

What did your Selman ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Selman occupation in Canada was Farmer. 50% of Selman's were Farmers. Farmer and School Teacher were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Selman.

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  • Farmer

  • School Teacher


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Selman Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 26,000 census records available for the last name Selman. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Selman 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 Selman. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Selman. For the veterans among your Selman ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Selman Life Expectancy

What is the average Selman lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Selman life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1984. The average life expectancy for Selman in 1943 was 39, and 70 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Selman 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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