Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Sillecke is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in the parish of Sellick found in the county of Herefordshire
. The surname Sillecke is a habitation name which forms a broad category of surnames that were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came.
Early Origins of the Sillecke family
The surname Sillecke was first found in Herefordshire
where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Sillecke family
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Sillecke Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Sillecke has been spelled many different ways, including Sellick, Selleck, Sellock, Sellock, Sellecke, Seliock, Sellighe, Sellioke and many more.
Early Notables of the Sillecke family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sillecke family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Silleckes to arrive in North America: Samuel Sellick settled in Virginia in 1654; Nathanial Sellich settled in Philadelphia in 1764.