Silverberg History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The English surname Silverberg 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 Silverberg family

The surname Silverberg 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 Silverberg 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 Silverberg family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Silverberg research. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1464, 1504, 1350, 1700, 1560, 1620 and 1599 are included under the topic Early Silverberg History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Silverberg Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Silverberg 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...
Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Silverberg Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Silverberg migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Silverberg Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • A B Silverberg, who landed in Mississippi in 1890 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Silverberg (post 1700) +

  • Jake Silverberg (b. 1996), American professional racing cyclist
  • Robert Silverberg (b. 1935), American Hugo and Nebula Award winning author and editor, inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame, a Grand Master of SF
  • Pincus "Pinky" Silverberg (1904-1964), nicknamed Young Silverberg, an American flyweight boxer who held the National Boxing Association (NBA) flyweight title in 1927, inducted into the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame in 2007
  • Kristen Silverberg (b. 1970), American diplomat, United States Ambassador to the European Union from 2008 to 2009
  • Ira Silverberg, American literary agent and editor in the New York
  • Brad Silverberg, American computer scientist and businessman, noted for his work at Microsoft from 1990 to 1999, PC Magazine's Person of the Year in 1995 for his leadership of Windows 95


  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)


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