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Where did the English Silk family come from? What is the English Silk family crest and coat of arms? When did the Silk family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Silk family history?The history of the Silk name began with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from the baptismal name for the son of Cecil, deriving from the nickname Sill. After the Norman Conquest, the Old English naming system gradually dissolved. Old English names became less common and were replaced by popular continental European names. The earliest surnames in England were found shortly after the Norman Conquest and are of Norman French rather than native English origins.
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Silk family name include Silcock, Silcocks, Silcox, Sylcox, Sylcock, Shilcock, Shrilcox, Shrilcocks, Silk and many more.
First found in Derbyshire where they held a family seat from early times and were anciently descended from the distinguished Saxon family who held a family seat there well before the Norman Conquest. The name is derived from a colloquial term in Derbyshire about the year 1000 describing a thrush, i.e. a "shrilcock" or "shilcock."
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Silk research. Another 338 words(24 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1283, 1379, and 1781 are included under the topic Early Silk History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Silk Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Silk surname or a spelling variation of the name include :
Silk Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Silk Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Silk Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Silk Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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