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Type Surname (from occupation & from given name)
Usage English, Irish
Pronounced Pron. silk(English)
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Other Forms FormsÓ Síoda, Seid, Seide, Sheedy, Silkin, Sill.

Meaning & History

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.
Added 4/6/2017 by TanorFaux
Edited 2/13/2020 by Mike C