The surname Sylcraig was first used in the Scottish/English Borderlands by an ancient Scottish people called the Strathclyde- Britons
. It was a name for someone who lived in the former royal burgh county town of Selkirk.
Early Origins of the Sylcraig family
The surname Sylcraig was first found in Selkirkshire
(Scottish Gaelic: Siorrachd Shalcraig), where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Scotland
to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Sylcraig family
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Sylcraig Spelling Variations
The many spelling variations
in Medieval Scottish names result from the fact that scribes in that era spelled words according to sound. Translation too, was an undeveloped science, and many names were altered into complete obscurity. Over the years Sylcraig has been spelled Selkirk, Salkirk, Silkrige, Selkyrk, Selcraig and others.
Early Notables of the Sylcraig family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sylcraig family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainties and discrimination faced in Scotland
, many decided to head out for North America. Once they arrived, many Scots fought with relish in the American War of Independence; some went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Many ancestors of these Scots have recovered their lost national heritage in the 20th century through Clan
organizations and Scottish historical societies. Among the settlers to North America were: James Selkirk who settled in New York State in 1774; Robert Selkridge settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1767.
The Sylcraig 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: Jamais arriere
Motto Translation: Never behind.