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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 Family Origin

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Selman Family Occupations

What did your Selman ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Selman. 19% of Selman men worked as a General Labourer and 72% of Selman women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Selman were Gardener and Private Means

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
    19%
  • Builders Labourer
    15%
  • Farm Labourer
    12%
  • Gardener
    12%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    72%
  • Housekeeper
    4%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Private Means
    3%

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

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 the UK, 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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