Selwyn name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Selwyn mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Selwyn

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Middle English form of Latin Silvanus. Also from the Old English given name Selewine, from sel "hall" + wine "friend". The places are named after bearers of the surname.

  1. A surname​.
  2. A male given name from Old English transferred back from the surname, in quiet use since the 19th century.
  3. Any of a number of places in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and US.

Notable Persons Named Selwyn

Notable Persons Named Selwyn

CMG Sir Charles Wheeler

CMG Sir Charles Wheeler was a bbc news foreign correspondent, bbc news, and bbc newsforeigncorrespondent. CMG was given the name Selwyn Charles Cornelius-Wheeler on March 15th, 1923 in Bremen. He died on July 4th, 2008.

Selwyn Raab

Selwyn was born on June 26th, 1934 in New York City.

Selwyn Birchwood

Selwyn Birchwood is a blues, rhythm, and rock music electric guitar, lap steel guitar, and singing. He plays Guitar and Vocals. He was most prominent from 1998 to present. Selwyn was born Selwyn Birchwood on March 9th, 1985 in Orlando, Florida, United States.


Selwyn is a pop music, rhythm, and blues musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 2001 to 2001.

Selwyn Selikowitz

Selwyn was born on April 11th, 1942.

Sally Gross

Sally Gross was a community activist. Sally was given the name Selwyn Gross on August 22nd, 1953 in Wynberg, Cape Town. They died on February 14th, 2014.

  • Selwyn Havelock Watson Craig Porter
    Police Commissioner
  • Selwyn Zadock Bowman
  • Selwyn Biggs
  • Selwyn N. Owen
    Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court
  • Selwyn Fernandes
    Soccer Player

Notable Persons With the Last Name Selwyn

Notable Persons With the Last Name Selwyn

Zachariah Selwyn

Zachariah Selwyn is a musician. He was most active from 2003 to present.

Edgar Selwyn

Edgar Selwyn was a theatrical producer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1899 to 1942. Edgar was born on October 20th, 1875 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. He breathed his last breath on February 13th, 1944.


Selwyn is a pop music, rhythm, and blues musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 2001 to 2001.

George Augustus Selwyn

He holds the title First Bishop of New Zealand. George was born on April 5th, 1809 in Church Row, Hampstead. He passed away on April 11th, 1878.

Archibald Selwyn

Archibald Selwyn was a theater producer. Archibald was given the name Archibald Simon on November 3rd, 1877 in Canada. He breathed his last breath on June 21st, 1959.

Sydney Selwyn

Sydney was born on November 7th, 1934 in Leeds, England. He breathed his last breath on November 8th, 1996.


Common last names for Selwyn

Common first names for Selwyn

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Selwyn U.S.
  White 70.89% 64.26%
  African American 1.52% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 5.06% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 15.95% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.03% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.56% 16.26%

Of Last Name Selwyn

People with the last name Selwyn are most frequently White or American Indian and Alaska Native

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Fun Facts about the name Selwyn

  • How Popular is the name Selwyn? Selwyn is the 8,797th most popular name of all time. As a last name Selwyn was the 52,482nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Selwyn have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,403 babies born with the first name Selwyn in the United States. That's more than enough people named Selwyn to occupy the territory of Niue (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 1,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Selwyn? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1904 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Selwyn first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Selwyn is Thursday, September 5th, 1878.
  • What year had the most people named Selwyn born? The highest recorded use of the first name Selwyn was in 1961 with a total of 38 babies.
  • Random Selwyn Factoid: According to the 1970 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Selwyn is not a popular baby boy's name in New York. Imagine that, only 6 babies in New York have the same name in 1970.
  • Weird things about the name Selwyn: The name spelled backwards is Nywles. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Ysenwl. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Selwyn? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 395 people with the last name Selwyn.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Selwyn? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Selwyn as their last name since less than 1 person in 769k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
  • Selwyn name meaning

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