The name Silwen originated with the Anglo-Saxon
tribes that once ruled Britain. It is derived from the personal name Saelwig
which is an Old English word meaning prosperity war.
The personal name Saelwig was an ancient font name that was brought to England
by the Normans
. After the Norman Conquest
, the Old English naming system gradually dissolved. Old English names became less common and were replaced by popular continental European names. The earliest surnames in England
were found shortly after the Norman Conquest
and are of Norman French rather than native English origins.
Early Origins of the Silwen family
The surname Silwen was first found in Staffordshire
where "about the reign of Henry III, William Salwey was Lord of Leacroft, a hamlet in the parish of Cannock in Staffordshire; hence the family removed to Stanford in Worcestershire; of which John Salwey was owner in the third of Henry IV." CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Early History of the Silwen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Silwen research.Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1216, 1575, 1652, 1640, 1615, 1685, 1655, 1702, 1675 and 1702 are included under the topic Early Silwen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Silwen Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Silwen has appeared include Salwey, Sewyn, Selwyn, Selwin, Sallowaye and others.
Early Notables of the Silwen family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Geoffrey Salewey of Stafford; Arthur Salwey of Stanford Court at Stanford-on-Teme, Worcestershire; his son, Humphrey Salwey (1575-1652), an English politician, Member of Parliament for... Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Silwen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Silwen family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Silwen arrived in North America very early: William and Thomas Salwey settled in Philadelphia in 1683.
The Silwen Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Fiat voluntas dei
Motto Translation: The will of God be done.