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Where did the English Silverthorn family come from? What is the English Silverthorn family crest and coat of arms? When did the Silverthorn family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Silverthorn family history?

The English surname Silverthorn is of several distinct origins. Firstly, it is derived from the Old English "silfor," meaning "silversmith"; in this instance, the progenitor of the name would have been someone who practiced this profession. Alternatively, the name may be derived from the Old English "seolfre," meaning "silvery stream," and would in this case refer to someone who lived by such a stream.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Silver, Silvar, Silber, Silvers, Silvars, Silvia, Sylvia and many more.

First found in Hertfordshire, where the family was anciently seated as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066; the language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. However, the Anglo-Saxon surname Silverthorn survived and the family was first referenced in the 13th century, when it held estates in that shire. The earliest known bearer of the name was John Siluer, who was listed in the Book of Seals for Lincolnshire in 1205.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Silverthorn research. Another 324 words(23 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1464, 1504, 1560, 1620, and 1700 are included under the topic Early Silverthorn History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 40 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Silverthorn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Thomas Silver, who settled in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1637; Mary Silver, who came to Virginia in 1643; Archibald Silver, a Scottish Quaker who settled in West New Jersey in 1680.

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  • Merwin Hancock Silverthorn (1896-1985), American 3rd Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, awarded numerous medals including the Navy Cross, Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit and Purple Heart
  • Willis Chisholm Silverthorn (1838-1916), Canadian-born, was an American lawyer, judge, banker, politician, Member of the Wisconsin State Senate and the Wisconsin State Assembly
  • Jason Silverthorn (b. 1979), Canadian professional ice hockey forward


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  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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  7. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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  10. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
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The Silverthorn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Silverthorn 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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