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The English surname Silverstein 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.

Silverstein Early Origins



The surname Silverstein 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 Silverstein 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.

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Silverstein Spelling Variations


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Silverstein Spelling Variations



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

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Silverstein Early History


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Silverstein Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Silverstein research. Another 324 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1464, 1504, 1560, 1620, and 1700 are included under the topic Early Silverstein History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Silverstein Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Silverstein Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Silverstein Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Thomas Silver, who settled in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1637; Mary Silver, who came to Virginia in 1643; Archibald Silver, a Scottish Quaker who settled in West New Jersey in 1680.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Silverstein (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Silverstein (post 1700)



  • Stanley Oscar Silverstein (1924-2016), Lithuania-born American entrepreneur
  • Joseph Silverstein (1932-2015), American violinist and conductor, Music Director, Utah Symphony Orchestra (1983-1998)
  • Joseph Silverstein (b. 1932), American violinist and conductor
  • Keith Silverstein (b. 1970), American voice actor
  • Eva Silverstein (b. 1970), American string theorist
  • Max Silverstein (1911-1931), American lieutenant aboard the USS Sims (DD-409), posthumously awarded the Silver Cross, eponym of the USS Silverstein (DE-534), a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort
  • Michael Silverstein (b. 1945), American professor of anthropology, linguistics, and psychology at the University of Chicago
  • Sheldon Allan "Shel" Silverstein (1930-1999), American poet, singer-songwriter, cartoonist, screenwriter, and author of children's books

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    3. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    4. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. 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).
    9. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    10. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
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    The Silverstein Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Silverstein 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 26 October 2016 at 13:21.

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