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Sills History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The name Sills is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of the Britain and 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 Sills family


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

Early History of the Sills family


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Sills 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. Sills has been spelled many different ways, including Sill, Sille, Sills, Silles, Sell, Selle, Sells and many more.

Early Notables of the Sills family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Sills 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 Sillss to arrive in North America:

Sills Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Ann Sills, who landed in Virginia in 1663 [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)

Sills Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Sills, who arrived in New York, NY in 1778 [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)

Sills Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Annie Sills, aged 26, who landed in America from Nottingham, in 1892
  • Mrs. J. R. Sills, aged 35, who settled in America, in 1892

Sills Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Milton G. G. Sills, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States, in 1903
  • Mrs. A. M. Sills, aged 58, who landed in America from Glasgow, in 1906
  • Kath Sills, aged 21, who emigrated to America from Glasgow, in 1906
  • Fanny Sills, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States from Glasgow, in 1906
  • Harry Sills, aged 59, who emigrated to the United States from Birmingham, England, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sills Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Rev. George Sills U.E. (b. 1773) born in New York, USA who settled in Fredericksburgh [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1784 he served in the King's Royal Regiment of New York, son of John Conrad Sills, married to Margaret Bell having 1 child, he died in 1860 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. John Sills U.E. (b. 1771) who settled in Fredericksburgh [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1784 married to Isabella Bell [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. John Conrad Sills Sr., U.E., (Johannes Konrad, Conradt, Von Selsenberg) (b. 1738) born in Germany from Dutchess County, New York, USA who settled in Fredericksburgh [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1784 he served in the Royal Regiment of New York, married three times having 14 children, he died in 1816 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Lawrence Sills U.E. (b. 1767) who settled in Fredericksburgh [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1784 he served in the King's Royal Regiment of New York, married to Monykey Scouten in 1792 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Contemporary Notables of the name Sills (post 1700)


  • Beverley Sills (1929-2007), World famous American coloratura soprano and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Kenneth Charles Morton Sills (1879-1954), Canadian-born, American educator, the eighth president of Bowdoin College
  • Thomas Sills (1914-2000), American painter and collagist
  • Steven Sills, American screenwriter and film producer
  • Douglas Sills (b. 1960), American actor
  • Timothy "Tim" Sills (b. 1979), English footballer

Suggested Readings for the name Sills


  • Sills & Cliburn & Pitman by Isom L. Stephens.
  • Sills Family and Related Lines by Louise Jelks Sills.

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Citations


  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)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X


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