1) The former varied meanings included ‘simple’ and ‘trifling’, either of which might be applicable here.

1630 ‘He recalled that ... there had been kept at Bradford ... a little sillie market for corn, butter, cheese ... but not for cattle, horses or sheep’, Adwalton. It could also be ‘blessed’ in earlier centuries, as in a variety of by-names: 1268 William Selisaule [soul], York.

places York Adwalton
dates 1268 1630

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