Silvers History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The English surname Silvers is of several distinct origins. Firstly, it is derived from the Old English "silfor," meaning "silversmith"; in this instance, the progenitor of the name would have been someone who practiced this profession. Alternatively, the name may be derived from the Old English "seolfre," meaning "silvery stream," and would in this case refer to someone who lived by such a stream.

Early Origins of the Silvers family

The surname Silvers was first found in Hertfordshire, where the family was anciently seated as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066; the language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. However, the Anglo-Saxon surname Silvers survived and the family was first referenced in the 13th century, when it held estates in that shire. The earliest known bearer of the name was John Siluer, who was listed in the Book of Seals for Lincolnshire in 1205.

Early History of the Silvers family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Silvers research. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1464, 1504, 1350, 1700, 1560, 1620 and 1599 are included under the topic Early Silvers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Silvers Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Silver, Silvar, Silber, Silvers, Silvars, Silvia, Sylvia and many more.

Early Notables of the Silvers family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Sir Batholemew Silver, who was seated in Hertfordshire about 1350; Alexander Silver, a wealthy East India trader from Aberdeenshire, Scotland in the 1700s; and George Silver (c.1560s-1620s), an English gentleman...
Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Silvers Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Silvers migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Silvers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joh W Silvers, who arrived in America in 1837 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Silvers (post 1700) +

  • Anita Silvers (1940-2019), American philosopher
  • Phil Silvers (1911-1985), American entertainer and comedy actor, best known for starring in The Phil Silvers Show, a 1950s sitcom
  • Louis "Lou" Silvers (1889-1954), American movie composer for more than 250 movies
  • Herbert Ferber Silvers (1906-1991), American sculptor and painter
  • Robert B. Silvers (b. 1929), editor of The New York Review of Books
  • Cathy Silvers (b. 1961), American actress and daughter of Phil Silvers
  • Diane Silvers (b. 1938), historian, writer, and professor from Texas


  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)


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