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

The ancestors of the name Slocum date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in Slocombe found on the Isle of Wight and in the county of Devon. The surname Slocum was originally derived from the Old English word Slahcumb which means dweller in the valley.

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Slocum has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Slocum, Slowcombe, Slocombe, Slocum, Slocumb and others.

First found in Somerset where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Slocum research. Another 235 words(17 lines of text) covering the year 1630 is included under the topic Early Slocum History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Slocums to arrive on North American shores:

Slocum Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Peleg Slocum settled in west New Jersey in 1664

Slocum Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • David Slocum, who landed in Virginia in 1703

Slocum Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • William Slocum arrived in Savannah, Georgia in 1820
  • William and Joseph Slocum arrived in New York in 1822
  • Milton Slocum, aged 26, arrived in Texas in 1829
  • N T Slocum, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • G. S. J. R. Slocum arrived in San Francisco in 1850


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  • Warren Stanley "Craig" Slocum (1934-1978), American character actor, best known for his roles on the cult television series Dark Shadows, he died of insulin shock
  • Tyler Heath Slocum (b. 1974), American professional PGA golfer
  • Joshua Slocum (1844-1909), Canadian-born, American seaman, the first man to sail solo around the world, his book Sailing Alone Around the World became an international best-seller
  • Richard Copeland "R.C." Slocum (b. 1944), American head football coach at Texas A&M University from 1989 until 2002, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2012
  • Henry Warner Slocum (1827-1894), American soldier and politician, a Union general during the American Civil War and Memeber of the United States House of Representatives from New York
  • Frederick Slocum (1873-1944), American astronomer, vice-president of the of the American Astronomical Society (1935-1937)
  • Henry Warner Slocum Jr. (1862-1949), American tennis player, son of Henry Warner Slocum
  • Shawn Slocum (b. 1965), American special teams coach for the Green Bay Packers
  • Brian John Slocum (b. 1981), American right-handed Major League Baseball pitcher
  • William L. "Bill" Slocum, American politician, Member of the Pennsylvania Senate (1997-2000)

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