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Multiple Origins for the Surname Silk


Irish


The Silk surname is an Anglicized form, or in some cases a translation of the Gaelic Ó Síoda, where "síoda," means "silk."

Silk Early Origins



The surname Silk was first found in Clare (Irish: An Clár) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat as Lords and Chiefs in Clann Coilein in western Clare in the territory of the MacNamaras known as the MacNamara Fionn, and from whom they were descended. After the Norman Conquest of Ireland in 1172, many Irish clann and sept names were intermixed and family groupings became almost indistinguishable. This family name was found later after the Cromwellian Invasion in Cork, Tipperary, Limerick, but few were to be found in the Clann Coilein.

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Silk Spelling Variations


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Silk Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Sheedy, McSheedy, O'Sheedy, Sheady, Silk, Silke and many more.

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Silk Early History


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Silk Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Silk research. Another 241 words (17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Silk History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Silk Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Silk Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Silk Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Silk Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Robert Silk, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Edward Silk, who came to North Carolina in 1736
  • James Silk settled in Baltimore, Maryland in 1775

Silk Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Esther Silk, who arrived in Baltimore in 1834
  • James Silk, who arrived in New York in 1835
  • John Silk, who landed in Harford County, Maryland in 1860
  • Mrs. William Silk, who arrived in Iowa in 1870
  • Peter Silk, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1881

Silk Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Michael Silk, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Mr. Daily Silk U.E. who settled in Edwardsburgh-Cardinal, Leeds & Grenville, Ontario c. 1786 he served in the Loyal Rangers [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Daily Silk, who came to Canada in 1796

Silk Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William Silk, aged 18, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the schooner "Jane" from Galway, Ireland

Silk Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry Oake Silk arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Winchester" in 1838 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WINCHESTER 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Winchester.htm

Silk Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • F. Silk arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ashburton" in 1857
  • E. Silk arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ashburton" in 1857
  • John Silk, aged 17, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874
  • Martin Silk, aged 14, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874
  • William Silk, aged 8, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Silk (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Silk (post 1700)



  • Joseph Ivor Silk, American Savilian Chair of Astronomy at the University of Oxford
  • Dennis Raoul Whitehall Silk CBE (b. 1931), American-born, English cricketer
  • Lieutenant Colonel Edward A. Silk (1916-1955), United States Army officer and recipient of the Medal of Honor
  • Private Joseph Henry Silk GC (1916-1943), British soldier posthumously awarded the George Cross for his heroic self sacrifice
  • George Silk (1916-2004), New Zealand photojournalist for Life magazine for 30 years
  • Gary Silk (b. 1984), English footballer

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Silk Historic Events


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Silk Historic Events




HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Stanley George Silk (1897-1941), Australian Chief Petty Officer from Sevenoaks, Kent, England, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Jack C R Silk (b. 1921), English Stoker 2nd Class serving for the Royal Navy from South Ealing, Middlesex, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. P S B Silk, British Petty Officer, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Silk Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WINCHESTER 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Winchester.htm

Other References

  1. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  2. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
  3. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  7. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
  8. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
  9. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
  10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
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The Silk Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Silk Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 9 January 2017 at 09:16.

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