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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.

Silverstone Early Origins



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.

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Silverstone Spelling Variations


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Silverstone Spelling Variations



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

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Silverstone Early History


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Silverstone Early History



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

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Silverstone Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Silverstone Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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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 Silverstone (post 1700)


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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
  • Arnold Silverstone (1911-1977), Baron Ashdown, British life peer, property developer who developed Ashdown House, on Victoria Street, London SW1

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    Other References

    1. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    3. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    5. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    6. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    10. 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).
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    The Silverstone Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Silverstone 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 23 March 2015 at 09:21.

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