× Home
×

Family Crest and History Search
House of Names
FREE SHIPPING on orders of $85 or more
An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2016


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.

Sills Early Origins



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

Close

Sills Spelling Variations


Expand

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.

Close

Sills Early History


Expand

Sills Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sills research. Another 256 words (18 lines of text) covering the year 1637 is included under the topic Early Sills History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Close

Sills Early Notables (pre 1700)


Expand

Sills Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Sills Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Close

The Great Migration


Expand

The Great Migration



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

Sills Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

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

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 [1]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 [1]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 [1]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 [1]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

Close

Contemporary Notables of the name Sills (post 1700)


Expand

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

Close

Suggested Readings for the name Sills


Expand

Suggested Readings for the name Sills



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

Close

Sills Family Crest Products


Expand

Sills Family Crest Products




Close

See Also


Expand

See Also




Close

Citations


Expand

Citations



  1. ^ 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

Other References

  1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  11. ...

The Sills Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sills Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 23 November 2016 at 14:15.

Sign Up

  


FREE SHIPPING on orders of $85 or more
House of Names on Facebook
Follow Houseofnames on Twitter
Houseofnames on Pinterest