Silcox History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Anglo-Saxon surname Silcox 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 Silcox family

The surname Silcox 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 Silcox family

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Silcox 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. Silcox has been recorded under many different variations, including Silcock, Silcocks, Silcox, Sylcox, Sylcock, Shilcock, Shrilcox, Shrilcocks, Silk and many more.

Early Notables of the Silcox family (pre 1700)

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United States Silcox migration to the United States +

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 Silcox or a variant listed above:

Silcox Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph, Mark and William Silcox, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1848
  • James Silcox, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1859 [1]
  • Ada Silcox, aged 25, who landed in America, in 1893
  • Clifford Silcox, aged 6, who landed in America, in 1893
  • Sarah Silcox, aged 2, who settled in America, in 1893
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Silcox Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Fred Silcox, aged 27, who immigrated to the United States from Burnley, in 1903
  • Maria Silcox, aged 1, who immigrated to the United States from Burnley, in 1903
  • Susannah Silcox, aged 26, who immigrated to the United States from Burnley, in 1903
  • Geo. W. Silcox, aged 60, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Sere W. Silcox, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Silcox migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Silcox Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Leonard E. Silcox, aged 32, who immigrated to Winnipeg, Canada, in 1915

Contemporary Notables of the name Silcox (post 1700) +

  • Wesley Silcox (b. 1985), American professional bull rider, PRCA World Champion (2007)


  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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