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

Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Slaven originally appeared in Gaelic as O Sleibhin or O'Sleibhin, derived from "sliabh," which means "mountain," and was a symbolic name for the Chief of this Clann.

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The recording of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name Slaven revealed spelling variations, including Slavin, Slaving, Slevin, Sleving, Slevan, Sleavin and many more.

First found in Fermanagh (Irish: Fear Manach) in the southwestern part of Northern Ireland, Province of Ulster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Slaven research. Another 267 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1172 and 1640 are included under the topic Early Slaven History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North America. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Slaven family came to North America quite early:

Slaven Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Bernard, Edward, Hugh, James, John, Patrick, Peter, and William Slaven who arrived in Philadelphia between 1842 and 1862
  • Garnet Slaven, aged 27, who landed in America from Preston, in 1892

Slaven Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • James Slaven, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from Leitrim, in 1905
  • Patrick Slaven, aged 30, who settled in America from Tyrone, Ireland, in 1907
  • Rose Slaven, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from Tyrone, Ireland, in 1907
  • Nann Slaven, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • John Slaven, aged 48, who settled in America from Carrickmacross, Ireland, in 1920


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  • Bernard Joseph "Bernie" Slaven (b. 1960), Scottish-born former Republic of Ireland international footballer
  • Michael "Mick" Slaven (b. 1961), Scottish session guitarist and record producer


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The Slaven Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Slaven 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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