Meaning and Origin of: Silk

Family name origins & meanings

  • English : metonymic occupational name for a silk merchant, from Middle English selk(e), silk(e) ‘silk’.
  • English : from a medieval personal name, a back-formation from Silkin (see Sill).
  • Irish (Galway) : Anglicized form (part translation) of Gaelic Ó Síoda (see Sheedy).
  • Americanized form (translation) of German and Jewish Seide or Seid.