Silver Family History

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Silver Name Meaning

English: from Middle English silver ‘silver’, hence a nickname for a rich man or for someone with silvery gray hair, or a metonymic occupational name for a silversmith. English: topographic name from any of the various streams in different parts of England named with this word, probably from the silvery appearance of the water. Translation of German and Ashkenazic Jewish Silber.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Silber, Seller, Pulver, Siller, Seiler, Filter, Sizer, Silvey, Hilder

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Silver Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Silver name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Silver. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • European Jewish


  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Silver Family Origin

Where is the Silver family from?

Silver Family Occupations

What did your Silver ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Silver family was Labourer. The most common Silver occupation in Canada was Farmer. 28% of Silver's were Farmers. Farmer, Fisherman and Going To School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Silver.

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  • Farmer

  • Fisherman

  • Going To School

  • Labourer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Silver ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Silver Historical Records

What Silver family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 147,000 census records available for the last name Silver. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Silver census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 26,000 immigration records available for the last name Silver. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 24,000 military records available for the last name Silver. For the veterans among your Silver ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Silver Life Expectancy

What is the average Silver lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Silver life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Silver in 1943 was 51, and 79 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Silver ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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