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Sill History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Anglo-Saxon name Sill comes from the baptismal name Silvester or Silvanus. During the middle Ages this personal name was quite popular, as it was borne by three popes. In the religious naming tradition surnames were bestowed in honor of religious figures or church officials. In Europe, the Christian Church was one of the most powerful influences on the formation of given names. Personal names derived from the names of saints, apostles, biblical figures and missionaries are widespread in most European countries. In the Middle Ages, they became increasingly popular because people believed that the souls of the deceased continued to be involved in this world. They named their children after saints in the hope that the child would be blessed or protected by the saint.

Early Origins of the Sill family


The surname Sill was first found in Northamptonshire where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Sill family


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Sill Spelling Variations


One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Sill has appeared include Sill, Sille, Sills, Silles, Sell, Selle, Sells and many more.

Early Notables of the Sill family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Sill family to the New World and Oceana


At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Sill arrived in North America very early:

Sill Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Sill who settled in Massachusetts in 1637
  • John Sill, who arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1638 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Sill Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Sill, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1825
  • Leo Sill, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • D. Sill arrived in San Francisco, California with his daughter, in 1850
  • N A Sill, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • J H Sill, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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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Sill Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Babette Sill, aged 35, who settled in America, in 1909
  • Anna L. Sill, aged 38, who landed in America, in 1912
  • Edmund Sill, aged 33, who emigrated to the United States, in 1917

Contemporary Notables of the name Sill (post 1700)


  • George Griswold Sill (1829-1907), American politician, Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut (1873 to 1877)
  • Edward Rowland Sill (1841-1887), American poet and educator
  • Lester Sill (1918-1994), American record label executive, Phil Spector's partner in Philles Records
  • Judith Lynn "Judee" Sill (1944-1979), American singer and songwriter
  • Zach Sill (b. 1988), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey player
  • Edwin Sill Fussell Ph.D. (1922-2002), American professor of English literature at the University of California at San Diego, older brother of Paul Fussell

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  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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