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Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Slavin 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 surname Slavin was 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.

Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname Slavin were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. Slavin, Slaving, Slevin, Sleving, Slevan, Sleavin and many more.


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

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

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To escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, thousands of Irish left their homeland in the 19th century. These migrants typically settled in communities throughout the East Coast of North America, but also joined the wagon trains moving out to the Midwest. Ironically, when the American War of Independence began, many Irish settlers took the side of England, and at the war's conclusion moved north to Canada. These United Empire Loyalists, were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Other Irish immigrants settled in Newfoundland, the Ottawa Valley, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, however, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America and Australia. Many of those numbers, however, did not live through the long sea passage. These Irish settlers to North America were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Slavin or a variant listed above, including:

Slavin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Charles, Cornelius, Danial, Edward, Francis, Hugh, John, Michael, Patrick, Thomas, and William Slavin all arrived in Philadelphia between 1808 and 1864
  • Anne Slavin, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815
  • Catherine Slavin, who landed in New York, NY in 1815
  • James Slavin, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815
  • Michael Slavin, who landed in New York, NY in 1815


Slavin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Cassie Slavin, aged 24, who settled in America from Donegal, in 1900
  • Bernard Slavin, aged 9, who emigrated to the United States from Tyrone, in 1903
  • Chaim Slavin, aged 23, who settled in America from Liege, in 1906
  • Chas. Slavin, aged 33, who emigrated to the United States from Cardiff, S. Wales, in 1908
  • Bridget Slavin, aged 21, who landed in America from Newhill, Ireland, in 1910


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  • Jonathan Slavin, American actor
  • Mr. Owen Slavin, Irish Trimmer from Dundalk, Louth, Ireland, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Jane Slavin (b. 1970), British actress and author, winner of the 1989 Carleton Hobbs award
  • Martin Slavin (1922-1988), British composer and music director
  • Mark Slavin (1954-1972), Israeli Olympic Greco-Roman wrestler, victim of the Munich massacre


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