Salyer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The earliest origins of the name Salyer date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxons. The name is derived from the personal name Saelwig which is an Old English word meaning prosperity war. The personal name Saelwig was an ancient font name that was brought to England by the Normans. 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.

Early Origins of the Salyer family

The surname Salyer was first found in Staffordshire where "about the reign of Henry III, William Salwey was Lord of Leacroft, a hamlet in the parish of Cannock in Staffordshire; hence the family removed to Stanford in Worcestershire; of which John Salwey was owner in the third of Henry IV." [1]

Early History of the Salyer family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Salyer research. Another 88 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1216, 1575, 1652, 1640, 1615, 1685, 1575, 1652, 1655, 1702, 1675 and 1702 are included under the topic Early Salyer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Salyer Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Salyer include Salwey, Sewyn, Selwyn, Selwin, Sallowaye and others.

Early Notables of the Salyer family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Arthur Salwey of Stanford Court at Stanford-on-Teme, Worcestershire; and his son, Humphrey Salwey (1575-1652), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Worcestershire (1640), buried in Westminster Abbey; Richard Salwey (1615-1685?) an...
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United States Salyer migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Salyer or a variant listed above:

Salyer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Salyer, aged 36, who landed in America from St. Inghert, in 1898
Salyer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Cecil Salyer, aged 23, who landed in America, in 1923
  • Grant Salyer, aged 20, who immigrated to America, in 1923

Contemporary Notables of the name Salyer (post 1700) +

  • Stephen Salyer, American President and Chief Executive Officer of the Salzburg Global Seminar (2005-)
  • Philip Preston Jr. Salyer (b. 1981), American soccer player who played with the Youth United States national teams, including at the 2001 World Youth Championship in Argentina
  • John Clark Salyer II (1902-1966), American Chief of the Bureau of Biological Survey in 1934
  • William Lewis Salyer (b. 1964), American actor and voice actor
  • Marc Douglas Salyer (b. 1979), American professional basketball player
  • Karen Salyer McElmurray (b. 1956), American writer of literary fiction, creative nonfiction, and memoir, recipient of the AWP Award for Creative Nonfiction (2003), and the Lillie Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing (2001)

The Salyer Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fiat voluntas dei
Motto Translation: The will of God be done.

Suggested Readings for the name Salyer +

  • 2663 "The Salyer Family: Genealogy & Records of Their First 250 Years in America" by Elisabeth L.W. Salyer.

  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print. on Facebook
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