Silverstone History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The English surname Silverstone 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 Silverstone family
The surname Silverstone 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 Silverstone 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 Silverstone family
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Silverstone Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Silver, Silvar, Silber, Silvers, Silvars, Silvia, Sylvia and many more.
Early Notables of the Silverstone 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...
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Migration of the Silverstone family
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 Silverstone (post 1700) +
- Abbey Silverstone, American computer pioneer, co-founder and VP of operations of Silicon Graphics (SGI)
- Louis Donald "Lou" Silverstone (1924-2015), American comedy writer, one of "The Usual Gang of Idiots" at MAD Magazine from 1962 to 1990
- Alicia Silverstone (b. 1976), American Golden Globe nominated actress, producer, author, and activist
- Benjamin Maurice Silverstone (b. 1979), English barrister and former actor
- Monty Silverstone (b. 1933), English actor and real estate investor, father of Alicia Silverstone
- Mr. Howard Martin Silverstone M.B.E., British recipient of Member of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to British business in the USA 
- Arnold Silverstone (1911-1977), Baron Ashdown, British life peer, property developer who developed Ashdown House, on Victoria Street, London SW1
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