Silverthorn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The English surname Silverthorn 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 Silverthorn family

The surname Silverthorn 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 Silverthorn 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 Silverthorn family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Silverthorn 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 Silverthorn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Silverthorn Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Silverthorn 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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Canada Silverthorn migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Silverthorn Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Silverthorn U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]
  • Mr. Thomas Silverthorn Sr., U.E. who settled in Stamford [Niagara Falls], Ontario c. 1784 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Silverthorn (post 1700) +

  • Willis Chisholm Silverthorn (1838-1916), Canadian-born, was an American lawyer, judge, banker, politician, Member of the Wisconsin State Senate and the Wisconsin State Assembly
  • Merwin Hancock Silverthorn (1896-1985), American 3rd Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, awarded numerous medals including the Navy Cross, Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit and Purple Heart
  • Jason Silverthorn (b. 1979), Canadian professional ice hockey forward

  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X on Facebook
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