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Where did the English Sleeper family come from? What is the English Sleeper family crest and coat of arms? When did the Sleeper family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Sleeper family history?The Sleeper surname is thought to be a habitational name taken from any of the several places so named, such as Slape in Dorset or Sleap in Shropshire. The word "slape" comes from Middle English, and means a "slippery" or "miry" place."
Spelling variations of this family name include: Slape, Sleep, Sleap, Slape, Slepe, Sleip, Sleape, Sleapa, Sleeper and many more.
First found in Shropshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book,  indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the village and lands of Sleapa, held by William Pantulf from Earl Roger, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sleeper research. Another 204 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1273 and 1276 are included under the topic Early Sleeper History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Sleeper Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Sleeper Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Sleeper Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Sleeper Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Sleeper Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The Sleeper Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sleeper 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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