Silverthorne History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The English surname Silverthorne 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 Silverthorne family

The surname Silverthorne 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 Silverthorne 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 Silverthorne family

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

Silverthorne Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Silverthorne 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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Australia Silverthorne migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Silverthorne Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Seth. Silverthorne, aged 18, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sibella" [1]
  • Mary Silverthorne, aged 14, a nurse maid, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sibella" [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Silverthorne (post 1700) +

  • Jeffrey Silverthorne (b. 1946), American photographer
  • Jeanne Silverthorne (b. 1950), American sculptor, known for cast-rubber sculptures and installations
  • Alexandra Silverthorne (b. 1980), American photographer based in Washington D.C
  • Winifred Ellen "Winnie" Silverthorne (1925-1998), British pair skater silver medalist who competed with her brother Dennis Silverthorne
  • Thora Silverthorne (1910-1990), British Communist founder member
  • Paul Silverthorne (b. 1951), British violist from Cheshire principal violist of the London Symphony Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta
  • Judith Silverthorne (b. 1953), née Iles, Canadian author from Regina, Saskatchewan where she has won three Saskatchewan Book Awards
  • Dennis Silverthorne (1923-2004), British pair skater who won a silver medal in 1947

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Spencer Victor Silverthorne, aged 35, American First Class passenger from St. Louis, Missouri who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 5 [2]


  1. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SIBELLA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/sibella1852.shtml
  2. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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