HISTORY OF THE SILK NAME (Source www.surnamedb.com)
This unusual and interesting name has two possible origins, the first being a metonymic occupational (job descriptive) surname for one who worked or dealt in silk, a silk-merchant. The derivation is from the Old English pre 7th century "seolc", from the Latin "sericum". The second possible source is from an English medieval personal name, a short form of e.g., "silkin", itself from "Silverster" or "Silranus", originally meaning "dweller in the wood" and often given in medieval times in honour of various early Christian saints.
The name development has included "John
Silke" (1353, Wiltshire) and "William Sylke" (1615,
Our Silk family including Whitaker
Small numbers by a name refer to personal number in listing eg WILLIAM 2 SILK ~ See 2
1. ~ ~ ~ WILLIAM SILKE was born about 1662 and was the son of WILLIAM SILKE and ANN DODDS. William married MARY GLOVER.
Children of WILLIAM WILKE and ANN DODDS included:
WILLIAM 2 SILK, born about 1700.
2. ~ ~ ~ WILLIAM SILK (WILLIAM) was born about 1700 and was the son of WILLIAM SILKE
and MARY GLOVER. William married SARAH KENNARD on 2 February 1724/25 at St
Children of WILLIAM SILK and SARAH KENNARD included:
WILLIAM SILK, baptized
11 December 1726 in
EDWARD SILK, baptized
28 June 1730 in
JAMES 3 SILK,
baptized 5 August 1933 in
GEORGE SILK, baptized 10 October 1736.
GEORGE SILK, baptized 30 July 1738.
SARAH SILK, baptized 29 March 1741.
ANN SILK, baptized 02 February 1741/42; died 1744.
3. ~ ~ ~ JAMES SILK (WILLIAM
> WILLIAM) was baptized on 5 August 1733 in
Children of JAMES SILK and ELIZABETH COCK included:
JAMES 4 SILK, born 1763.
4. ~ ~ ~ JAMES SILK
WILLIAM > JAMES) was baptized on 10 June 1763 in
Children of JAMES SILK and SARAH HOLLANDS included:
JAMES SILK, baptized
21 March 1790 in
WILLIAM 5 SILK, born 18 September 1791;
baptized 16 October 1791 in
CHARLES SILK, born 13
May 1793 in
ROBERT SILK, born 19
December 1795 and baptized 24 January 1796 in
ELIZABETH ANN SILK,
born 9 February 1798 and baptized 11 March 1798 in
JOHN SILK, born 7 June 1801; died as an infant.
JOHN SILK, baptized 29
May 1803 in
HARRIET SILK, baptized
25 October 1805 in
THOMAS SILK, baptized
12 February 1809 in
5. ~ ~ ~ WILLIAM SILK (WILLIAM
> WILLIAM > JAMES > JAMES) was born on 18 September 1791 and was
baptized on 16 October 1791 in St Lawrence,
William married ANN PEALL on 14 January 1814 in St
Children of WILLIAM SILK and ANN PEALL included:
ANN SILK, baptized 12
May 1815 at St Lawrence,
EMMA SILK, baptized 29
April 1818 at St Lawrence, Ramsgate. Emma married WILLIAM HAMMOND on 21
February 1847 in
SARAH SILK, baptized 5
November 1820 at St Lawrence, Ramsgate. The 1901 Census records Sarah as living
HARRIET SILK, baptized
21 December 1823 at St Lawrence, Ramsgate. Harriet was living in Rotherhithe,
Southwark in 1861 and the 1871 Census records her as living at
MARIA 6 SILK, baptized 16 April 1826 at St Lawrence, Ramsgate.
AMELIA SILK, baptized
01 August 1830 at St Lawrence,
SILK, baptized 16 February 1834 in
ROBERT SILK, baptized
5 June 1836 at St George,
In December 1823 William was recorded as a School Master, in 1830 a Grocer, and once again a School Master in 1834. In 1841 he was living in the Parish of Preston By Wingham, and in 1851 was living in Lucas Street, St George in the East, St Mary, Tower Hamlets, London and his occupation was noted as a School Master.
Ann died in 1860 and was buried at St George East,
6. ~ ~ ~ MARIA SILK (WILLIAM > WILLIAM > JAMES > JAMES > WILLIAM) was the fifth daughter of WILLIAM SILK and ANN PEALL. She was baptized on 16 April 1826 at St Lawrence, Ramsgate.
Maria married WILLIAM LANGDON WHITAKER on 16 April 1826 in Ramsgate. William was the son of GEORGE WHITAKER and JANE LANGDON and he was baptized on 14 December 1821.
> Refer to the WHITAKER family for more information about the family of William and children of Maria and William.
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