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Origins Available: English
The history of the Silk name began with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived 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.
The surname Silk 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."
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Silk family name include Silcock, Silcocks, Silcox, Sylcox, Sylcock, Shilcock, Shrilcox, Shrilcocks, Silk and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Silk research. Another 338 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1283, 1379, and 1781 are included under the topic Early Silk History in all our PDF Extended History products
More information is included under the topic Early Silk Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Silk surname or a spelling variation of the name include :
Silk Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Robt 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. Wm 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
- Michl Silk, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1774
- 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, NB in 1834 aboard the schooner "Jane" from Galway
Silk Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Henry Oake Silk arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Winchester" in 1838
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
- 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
- Gary Silk (b. 1984), English footballer
- Mr. P S B Silk, British Petty Officer, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
- 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
- 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
- Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
- Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
- Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
- Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
- Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
- Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
- Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
- Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
- Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
- Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
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.
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