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.
Early Origins of the Silverstein family
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
Early History of the Silverstein family
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Silverstein Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Silver, Silvar, Silber, Silvers, Silvars, Silvia, Sylvia and many more.
Early Notables of the Silverstein 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
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 Silverstein Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Silverstein family to the New World and Oceana
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.
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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