Last name origins & meanings:
- English: from Middle English selle, a rough hut of the
type normally occupied by animals, hence a topographic name for
someone who lived in a hut like this. In many cases the name may have
been in effect a metonymic occupational name for a herdsman.
- Americanized spelling of Hungarian and Hungarian Jewish
Széll, a topographic name for someone who lived in a spot
exposed to the wind, from Hungarian szél ‘wind’.
- German: variant of Selle.
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