Sillsby History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Sillsby family

The surname Sillsby was first found in North Yorkshire at Selby, a town and civil parish that dates back to the time of the Vikings as archaeological investigations in the area have revealed extensive remains, including waterlogged deposits in the core of the town dating from that time. One of the first records of the place name was in c. 1030 where it was listed as Seleby. A little more than 50 years later, it was listed as Salebi in the Domesday Book and literally meant "farmstead or village near sallow-trees" having derived from the Old English word "sele" + the Old Scandinavian word "by." [1] It is understood to be the traditional birthplace of King Henry I, fourth son of William the Conqueror, in 1068/69. It is best known for Selby Abbey, which it is claimed that when Benedict of Auxerre in 1069 saw three swans on a lake in Selby, he understood that to be a sign of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, hence the Arms of Selby Abbey has three swans. The township of Moat in Cumberland was the scene of many battles with the Scots of the north. "It more than once fell into the power of the Scots, and on one occasion was taken by David, King of Scotland, who caused the two sons of the governor, Sir Walter Selby, to be strangled." [2]

Important Dates for the Sillsby family

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Sillsby Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Selby, Selbie and others.

Early Notables of the Sillsby family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Sillsby family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Robert Selby settled in Virginia in 1636; Mary Selby settled in Virginia in 1720; Francis Selby settled in Maryland in 1741; Mrs. Selby settled in Boston with her children in 1712.

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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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