The name Sillers began among the descendants of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts
. It was a name for a merchant, someone who worked in cellars, and a saddler. Sillers is an occupational
surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames
surnames were derived from the primary activity of the bearer. In the Middle Ages, people did not generally live off of the fruits of their labor in a particular job. Rather, they performed a specialized task, as well as farming, for subsistence. Other occupational names were derived from an object associated with a particular activity. This type of surname is called a metonymic
surname. This surname applies to a variety of occupations. In the case of a merchant, the surname Sillers derives from an ancient derivitave of the Old English word, sell(en),
which means, to sell.
It also comes from the Old English word, sellan,
which means to hand over, or deliver.
In the sense of a person who worked in cellars, Sillers is a metonymic occupational name, which comes from the Anglo Norman French word, celler.
The cellars referred to in this example, would have been in mansions and other great houses. In the final case, that of a saddler, the surname Sillers comes from the Anglo Norman French word, seller,
which is a derivative of the Latin word sellarius,
which means seat,
This ancient occupation
was extremely important in the Middle Ages, as horses were the primary mode of transportation.
Early Origins of the Sillers family
The surname Sillers was first found in Aberdeenshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland
, 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 Scotland
to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Sillers family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sillers research.Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1281, 1482, 1630, 1698, 1671, 1646 and 1705 are included under the topic Early Sillers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sillers Spelling Variations
Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations
were a common result of this process. Sillers has appeared Sellers, Sellars, Sellors and others.
Early Notables of the Sillers family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
at this time was Colin Sellars of Aberdeen; and John Seller (ca. 1630-1698), English hydrographer and compass maker who published the first sailing directions... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sillers Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Sillers family to Ireland
Some of the Sillers family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 77 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Sillers family to the New World and Oceana
Many Scots left their country to travel to the North American colonies in search of the freedom they could not find at home. Of those who survived the difficult voyage, many found the freedom they so desired. There they could choose their own beliefs and allegiances. Some became United Empire Loyalists and others fought in the American War of Independence
. The Clan
societies and highland games that have sprung up in the last century have allowed many of these disparate Scots to recover their collective national identity. A search of immigration and passenger ship lists revealed many early settlers bearing the Sillers name:
Sillers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Augus Sillers, aged 35, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894
Sillers Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Jennie Sillers, aged 36, who emigrated to the United States, in 1917
- Jeannie Sillers, aged 36, who settled in America, in 1918
- John M. Sillers, aged 31, who emigrated to America from Liverpool, England, in 1919
- John Sillers, aged 32, who landed in America from Southampton, in 1920
Contemporary Notables of the name Sillers (post 1700)
- Walter Sillers Jr. (1888-1966), American lawyer and legislative leader from Mississippi