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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adverb Sel"den

Notable Persons Named Selden

Selden was born in 1941 in Sacramento Valley, California.


Selden was born on February 19th, 1909. He died on November 2nd, 2002.


Selden Palmer Spencer was an office holder. Selden was born on September 16th, 1862 in Erie, Pennsylvania. He breathed his last breath on May 16th, 1925.


His military service ended in 1866. Selden was born on January 25th, 1839 in Fairfield, Maine. He passed away on July 9th, 1917.


Selden was born on September 19th, 1899 in Erie, Pennsylvania. He left this life on March 26th, 1963.


His military service ended in 1919. Selden was born on October 6th, 1895 in Aldershot. He left this life on December 12th, 1952.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Selden

George B. Selden was a businessman, inventor, lawyer, and invention. George was born as the child of Henry R. Selden on September 14th, 1846 in Clarkson, New York, US. He passed away on January 17th, 1922.


John Selden was a philosopher. John was born on December 16th, 1584 in Salvington, Sussex. He passed away on November 30th, 1654.


Jr. Wayne Selden is a basketball player. Jr. was born on September 30th, 1994 in Roxbury, Boston.


George Selden was a children's literature writer. He was most prominent from 1961 to 1974. George was given the name George Selden Thompson on May 14th, 1929 in Hartford, Connecticut, United States. He breathed his last breath on December 5th, 1989.


Henry was born on October 14th, 1805. He died on September 18th, 1885.


Mark was born in 1938.


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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Selden U.S.
  White 82.64% 64.26%
  African American 11.42% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.74% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.37% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.85% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.97% 16.26%

Of Last Name Selden

People with the last name Selden are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Selden

  • How Popular is the name Selden? Selden is the 19,346th most popular name of all time. As a last name Selden was the 19,911th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Selden have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 373 babies born with the first name Selden in the United States. That's more than enough people named Selden to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Selden? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1911 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Selden first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Selden is Sunday, May 5th, 1872.
  • What year had the most people named Selden born? The highest recorded use of the first name Selden was in 1927 with a total of 16 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Selden: Your name in reverse order is Nedles. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Dleens. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Selden? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,348 people with the last name Selden.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Selden? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Selden as their last name since less than 1 person in 217k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
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