The ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname Silcot came from the baptismal name for the son of Cecil,
deriving from the nickname Sill.
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 Silcot family
The surname Silcot was first found in Derbyshire
where they held a family seat
from early times and were anciently descended from the distinguished Saxon family who held a family seat there well before the Norman Conquest
. The name is derived from a colloquial term in Derbyshire
about the year 1000 describing a thrush, i.e. a "shrilcock" or "shilcock."
Early History of the Silcot family
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Silcot Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Silcot has been recorded under many different variations, including Silcock, Silcocks, Silcox, Sylcox, Sylcock, Shilcock, Shrilcox, Shrilcocks, Silk and many more.
Early Notables of the Silcot family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Silcot family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Silcot or a variant listed above: Ann Silcock who landed in America in 1748; William Silcock settled in Virginia in 1729; Roger Silcocke settled in America in 1660; Grace Silcockes settled in Virginia in 1670.
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