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Where did the English Sliter family come from? What is the English Sliter family crest and coat of arms? When did the Sliter family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Sliter family history?Sliter is an Anglo-Saxon name. The name was originally given to a person who covered roofs with slate. Sliter is an occupational surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Occupational surnames were derived from the primary activity of the bearer. In the Middle Ages, people did not generally live off of the fruits of their labor in a particular job. Rather, they performed a specialized task, as well as farming, for subsistence. Other occupational names were derived from an object associated with a particular activity. This type of surname is called a metonymic surname. This surname comes from the Old English word esclate, which means splinter or slat.
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Sliter has appeared include Sclater, Slater, Slatter, Sklater and others.
First found in Derbyshire where they held a family seat from ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066. The earliest seat of the Slaters was at Barlborough near Chesterfield in Derbyshire, anciently the family name was a trade name of a roofer and was originally spelled Sclater, and this name is still used even as far north as the Shetlands and the Orkney Islands, where their territories were in Burnes.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sliter research. Another 153 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1550, 1615, 1684, 1659, 1683 and 1684 are included under the topic Early Sliter History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 55 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sliter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Sliter family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 57 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Sliter arrived in North America very early: John and Anne Slater who settled in Virginia in 1622; John Slater settled in Virginia in 1617, three years before the "Mayflower"; Joshua Slater settled in Barbados in 1675.
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: Crescit sub pondere virtus
Motto Translation: Virtue thrives under oppression.
The Sliter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sliter 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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