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Silver History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: English , German


The English surname Silver 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.


Early Origins of the Silver family


The surname Silver was 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 Silver 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.

Early History of the Silver family


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Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1464, 1504, 1350, 1700, 1560, 1620 and 1599 are included under the topic Early Silver History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Silver Spelling Variations


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

Early Notables of the Silver family (pre 1700)


Distinguished members of the family include Sir Batholemew Silver, who was seated in Hertfordshire about 1350; Alexander Silver, a wealthy East India trader from Aberdeenshire, Scotland in the 1700s; and George Silver (c.1560s-1620s), an English gentleman...
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Migration of the Silver family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Silver Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Silver, who settled in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1637
  • Thomas Silver, who landed in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1637 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Mary Silver, who arrived in Virginia in 1643 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Mary Silver, who settled in Virginia in 1643
  • Nicholas Silver, who arrived in Maryland or Virginia in 1674 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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Silver Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Alexander Silver, who emigrated from Scotland to Jamaica in 1730
  • John Silver, who settled in Virginia in 1743
  • Isaac Silver, who settled in Maryland in 1760
  • James Silver, who immigrated to Boston in 1765

Silver Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Antonio Silver, who arrived in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1815 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Jose Silver, aged 25, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1831 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • M Silver, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • John Silver, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • S Silver, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1855 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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Silver Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Michael Silver, who immigrated to Nova Scotia in 1752
  • Louisa Silver, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Michel Silver, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Nicholas, I Silver, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757

Silver Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Silver, English convict from Suffolk, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834

Silver Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Frederick Silver, aged 29, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1876

Contemporary Notables of the name Silver (post 1700)


  • Warren M. Silver (b. 1948), American lawyer and jurist, State Supreme Court Justice in Maine
  • Spencer Ferguson Silver (b. 1931), American chemist, co-inventor of Post-it notes in 1974, inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2010
  • Thomas B. Silver (1947-2001), American author and scholar, President of the Claremont Institute
  • Sheldon "Shelly" Silver (b. 1944), American politician, 119th Speaker of the New York State Assembly (1994-2015), Member of the New York State Assembly (2013-2015)
  • Monroe Silver (1875-1947), American actor and singer, known for his monologues using a Jewish dialect-accent
  • Joseph "Joe" Silver (1922-1989), American stage, television, film and radio actor from Chicago, Illinois
  • Ronald Arthur "Ron" Silver (1946-2009), American Tony Award winning actor, director, producer, radio host and political activist
  • Philip Silver (1909-1999), American philatelist, known for his collection of air mail stamps, inducted into American Philatelic Society Hall of Fame in 2002
  • Paul Gordon Silver (1948-2009), American seismologist, member of the research staff at the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism
  • Joel Silver (b. 1952), Jewish-American Hollywood film producer, owner of Silver Pictures and co-founder of Dark Castle Entertainment
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Suggested Readings for the name Silver


  • Silver, our Pioneer Ancestors by John Silver Harris.
  • The Silver Family Lineage of Anna Charles, Mary and Elisabeth Silver by Arthur E. Silver.
  • Our Silver Heritage by Benjamin Stump Silver.

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Citations


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834


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