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Where did the English Slane family come from? What is the English Slane family crest and coat of arms? When did the Slane family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Slane family history?

The distinguished surname Slane emerged among the industrious people of Flanders, which was an important trading partner and political ally of Britain during the Middle Ages. As a result of the frequent commercial intercourse between the Flemish and English nations, many Flemish migrants settled in Britain. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. Flemish surnames of this type frequently are prefixed by de la or de le, which mean of the or from the. The Slane family originally lived in some place which experts suggest was named Slanie or Slaney. The surname Slane belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads, or other places.

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Flemish surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish settlers in England, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Slaney, Slanie, Slane, Slayney and others.

First found in Shropshire where they held a family seat from early times. Rodolphe de Slanie or Slane accompanied the Empress Maude into England about the year 1110.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Slane research. Another 128 words(9 lines of text) covering the year 1595 is included under the topic Early Slane History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Slane Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Slane family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 200 words(14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Study of Passenger and Immigration lists has revealed that among early immigrants bearing the Slane surname were:

Slane Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Manus Slane, aged 40, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Timothy Slane settled in Philadelphia in 1840
  • Daniel Slane settled in Philadelphia in 1855

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Deo duce comite industria
Motto Translation: God is my guide, industry my companion.

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The Slane Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Slane Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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