Sylvia History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The English surname Sylvia 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 Sylvia family

The surname Sylvia 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 Sylvia 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 Sylvia family

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

Sylvia Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Sylvia 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...
Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sylvia Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Sylvia migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sylvia Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Sylvia, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1823

Contemporary Notables of the name Sylvia (post 1700) +

  • Saucy Sylvia (1920-2017), born Sylvia Cadesky, a Canadian-born American comedian, classically trained pianist, singer, and radio personality
  • Colin Sylvia (1985-2018), Australian rules footballer who played for the Melbourne Football Club and Fremantle Football Club (2004-2015)
  • Ms. Marie Sylvia Gabriel C.B.E. (b. 1961), British Chair for East London NHS Foundation Trust, was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to the NHS [1]
  • Laura Sylvia Gosse (1881-1968), English painter and printmaker, daughter of Sir Edmund Gosse, member of the Royal Society of British Artists
  • Estelle Sylvia Pankhurst (1882-1960), English campaigner for the suffragist movement in the United Kingdom
  • Onora Sylvia O'Neill CBE, PBA (b. 1941), Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve, British House of Lords member
  • Annette Sylvia Presley (b. 1964), New Zealand telecommunications entrepreneur, co-founder of Slingshot
  • Sylvia Ostry CC OM FRSC (1927-2020), née Knelman, Canadian economist and former public servant educated at McGill University and the University of Cambridge
  • Mrs. Sylvia Lewis B.E.M., British recipient of the British Empire Medal on 8th June 2018, for services to Charitable Fundraising in Merseyside [2]
  • Ms. Sylvia Lorraine Holmes M.B.E., British Chief Executive Officer for Economic Growth Solutions, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to the Economy [3]


  1. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
  2. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62310, 31 October 2019 | London Gazette, The Gazette, June 2018, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/62310/supplement/B1
  3. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62310, 4 July 2019 | London Gazette, The Gazette, June 2018, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/62310/supplement/B1


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