Silver History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The roots of the distinguished German surname Silver lie in the region of Hessen. The name literally means "silver," and was most likely originally borne by a silversmith.

Early Origins of the Silver family

The surname Silver was first found in Hessen, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs. The earliest recorded variant of the name was Silberer, borne by a resident of Esslingen in 1279.

Early History of the Silver family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Silver research. Another 152 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1633, 1640, 1678, 1683, 1734, 1753, and 1828 are included under the topic Early Silver History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Silver Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Silbermann, Silberman, Silver, Silber, Suelber, Suelver, Silberer, Silbert, Sylver, Sylvermann, Sylverman, Silvermann, Silverman, Sylber, Silvernail and many more.

Early Notables of the Silver family (pre 1700)

Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Silver Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Silver migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Silver Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Silver, who settled in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1637
  • Thomas Silver, who landed in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1637 [1]
  • Mary Silver, who arrived in Virginia in 1643 [1]
  • Mary Silver, who settled in Virginia in 1643
  • Nicholas Silver, who arrived in Maryland or Virginia in 1674 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Silver Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Alexander Silver, who emigrated from Scotland to Jamaica in 1730
  • John Silver, who settled in Virginia in 1743
  • Isaac Silver, who settled in Maryland in 1760
  • James Silver, who immigrated to Boston in 1765
Silver Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Antonio Silver, who arrived in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1815 [1]
  • Jose Silver, aged 25, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1831 [1]
  • M Silver, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • John Silver, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • S Silver, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1855 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Silver migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Silver Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Michael Silver, who immigrated to Nova Scotia in 1752
  • Louisa Silver, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Michel Silver, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Nicholas, I Silver, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757

Australia Silver migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Silver Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

New Zealand Silver migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Silver Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Frederick Silver, aged 29, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1876

Contemporary Notables of the name Silver (post 1700) +

  • Warren M. Silver (b. 1948), American lawyer and jurist, State Supreme Court Justice in Maine
  • Spencer Ferguson Silver (b. 1931), American chemist, co-inventor of Post-it notes in 1974, inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2010
  • Thomas B. Silver (1947-2001), American author and scholar, President of the Claremont Institute
  • Sheldon "Shelly" Silver (b. 1944), American politician, 119th Speaker of the New York State Assembly (1994-2015), Member of the New York State Assembly (2013-2015)
  • Monroe Silver (1875-1947), American actor and singer, known for his monologues using a Jewish dialect-accent
  • Joseph "Joe" Silver (1922-1989), American stage, television, film and radio actor from Chicago, Illinois
  • Ronald Arthur "Ron" Silver (1946-2009), American Tony Award winning actor, director, producer, radio host and political activist
  • Philip Silver (1909-1999), American philatelist, known for his collection of air mail stamps, inducted into American Philatelic Society Hall of Fame in 2002
  • Paul Gordon Silver (1948-2009), American seismologist, member of the research staff at the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism
  • Joel Silver (b. 1952), Jewish-American Hollywood film producer, owner of Silver Pictures and co-founder of Dark Castle Entertainment
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


Suggested Readings for the name Silver +

  • 395 Silver, our Pioneer Ancestors by John Silver Harris, The Silver Family Lineage of Anna Charles, Mary and Elisabeth Silver by Arthur E. Silver, Our Silver Heritage by Benjamin Stump Silver.

  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. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834


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