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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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Where is the Selman family from?

You can see how Selman families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Selman family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Selman families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 41 Selman families living in Ontario. This was about 56% of all the recorded Selman's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Selman families in 1911.
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What did your Selman ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Selman. 68% of Selman 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
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Farmers Son

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Teacher
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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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