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
Early History of the Sylvia family
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Sylvia 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
in the 1700s; and George Silver (c.1560s-1620s), 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.
Migration of the Sylvia family to Ireland
Some of the Sylvia family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Sylvia family to the New World and Oceana
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