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What does Selwyn mean?

Selwyn Pronunciation of Selwyn [sel-wyn] as a boys' name is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Selwyn is "manor-friend". Also a derivation from Silvanus. Mostly 19th-century use.

Associated with: old english, friend, 19th century.


Selwyn has 4 variants: Selwin, Selwinn, Selwynn and Selwynne.

Creative forms:
(male) Serwyn, ..

(female) Selna, Selnia, ..

Middle name pairings:
Selwyn Ervin (S.E.), ..

How popular is Selwyn?

Selwyn is an uncommon first name for males but a very popular last name for both adults and children (#48963 out of 150436, Top 33%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Selwyn was first listed in 1920-1929 and reached its highest rank of #1567 in the U.S. during the years 1960-1969, but is not found in the list currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Selwyn name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Selwyn outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Ailwyn, Alwyn, Berwyn, Colwyn, Dalwyn, Delwin, Delwyn, Delwynn, Derwyn, Eilwyn, Elwyn, Hedwyn, Kelvyn, Kelwin, Kelwyn, Kerwyn, Medwyn, Melvyn, Melwin, Melwyn, Melwynn, Merwyn, Selby, Selden, Seldon, Selim, Selmo, Sherwyn, Slawin (see Slavin), Sloan, Walwyn and Welwyn. Like Selwyn, these names are not frequently used.

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