ORIGIN:The surname of SELLECK is a variant of Sellick. It is a habitational name from either of two
minor places in Devon, Sellake and Sellick, or from Sellack in Herefordshire, north west of Ross-on-Wye.
It was recorded c.1130 as Lann Suluc ‘church (Old Welsh lann) of Suluc’, a personal name, a pet form of Suliau.
My line is from Devon, without question. Generally, the Selleck's from Somerset emigrated to the USA but the link between
the 'Devons' and the Somersets has not been established. So, am I related to US actor Tom Selleck? Probably, but cannot
Early records of the name mention John Sellak of County Somerset, who registered at Oxford University in the year 1603.
Nicholas Sellecke registered at Oxford in the year 1595. Thomas Wyne and Theophila Selleck of Wells, County Somerset,
were married at Canterbury Cathedral in the year 1667. William Sellick and Sarah Seville were married at St. George's,
Hanover Square, London in the year 1795. The name is also spelt Sellick and Selioke. There was a family of Sellecks who
lived at Lydiard St. Lawrence, County Somerset. We are from Shaugh Prior, Devon and not Somerset.
There are 13 generations in my line going back to William Zellake, who would have been born in the early 1600's.
The kinship report is limited to 11 generations, leaving off William and his son, John. Peter Selleck's 4th great
grandfather, David Brown, was a spice planter mainly nutmeg and one on the wealthiest landowners and a philanthropist in Prince of Wales Island (Penang).
Fast Facts: I am 1.56% Asian. Local Nonia Ennui was David Brown's first
wife. I am also my own 5th and 7th cousins. This fact may be because my 3rd GGF, Col James Johnston, married
his first cousin, Mathew Jane Trotter. Chatting to 5th and 7th cousins is therefore remarkably easy.
With a Japanese mother, my kids are therefore more than 50% Asian, just. Their mother divorced me in 2018 after over 30 years; a crying shame.
All Sellecks know that spelling variants are a usual occurrence and annoyance. They include at least: Salack, Sellack, Sellek,
Sellick, Sillick, Silix, Sullocke, Zellick and Zelake.