The roots of the ancient Scottish name Sillor are found among the people of a tribe known as the Picts
. Sillor is a name for a merchant, someone who worked in cellars, and a saddler. Sillor 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 Sillor 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, Sillor 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 Sillor 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 Sillor family
The surname Sillor 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 Sillor family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sillor 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 Sillor History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sillor Spelling Variations
The appearance of the printing press and the first dictionaries in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize spelling. Prior to that time scribes spelled according to sound, a practice that resulted in many spelling variations
. Sillor has been spelled Sellers, Sellars, Sellors and others.
Early Notables of the Sillor 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 Sillor Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Sillor family to Ireland
Some of the Sillor 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 Sillor family to the New World and Oceana
The expense of the crossing to the North American colonies seemed small beside the difficulties of remaining in Scotland
. It was a long and hard trip, but at its end lay the reward of freedom. Some Scots remained faithful to England
and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others fought in the American War of Independence
. Much of this lost Scottish heritage has been recovered in the last century through Clan
societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Sillor: George Sellars settled in Philadelphia in 1854; Thomas Sellars arrived in Philadelphia in 1880; John Sellers arrived in Philadelphia in 1827; Thomas Sellers settled in Philadelphia in 1846.