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The history of the Slack family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in the village of Slak in the county of Yorkshire. The original bearers of the surname Slack were named due to their close proximity to a place where the road becomes less steep. The surname was originally derived from the Old English word slagg, which denoted such as place.

Slack Early Origins



The surname Slack was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, and were Lords of the Manor of Slak, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Slack Spelling Variations


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Slack Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Slack include Slack, Slacke, Slach, Slagg, Slag, Slak and others.

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Slack Early History


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Slack Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Slack research. Another 276 words (20 lines of text) covering the year 1379 is included under the topic Early Slack History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Slack Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Slack Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Slack Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Slack In Ireland


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Slack In Ireland



Some of the Slack family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 146 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Slack or a variant listed above:

Slack Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Anne Slack who came to Baltimore, Maryland in 1775

Slack Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Seth Slack, who arrived in New York in 1820
  • Jane Slack, who arrived in New York in 1820
  • Jane Slack, aged 20, arrived in New York, NY in 1820
  • Seth Slack, aged 23, arrived in New York, NY in 1820
  • John Slack, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Slack Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Slack, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Thomas Slack, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Slack Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Abraham Slack, English convict from Derby, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  • Alexander Slack, aged 18, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Blundell"

Slack Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • J. D. Slack arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sydenham" in 1870

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Contemporary Notables of the name Slack (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Slack (post 1700)



  • John Mark Slack Jr (1915-1980), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from West Virginia (1959-1963)
  • Shanon Slack (b. 1984), American mixed martial artist
  • Reginald "Reggie" Slack (b. 1968), American-born, Canadian and American football quarterback
  • David Slack, American animation and television writer and producer, known for his work on Person of Interest (2011), Teen Titans (2003) and Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo (2006)
  • Frederick Charles "Freddie" Slack (1910-1965), American swing and boogie-woogie pianist and bandleader
  • Henry Slack, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at St. Joseph, Missouri, 1854-55
  • Greenbury Slack, American Republican politician, Member of West Virginia State Senate 7th District, 1863-68; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 1868
  • Charles W. Slack, American politician, U.S. Collector of Internal Revenue for the 3rd Massachusetts District, 1879
  • Charles P. Slack, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Orleans County, 1920
  • C. Timothy Slack, American Republican politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Chester County 1st District; Elected 1960
  • ... (Another 24 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Slack


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Suggested Readings for the name Slack



  • 6,474 Slack Relatives by Roscoe C. Keeney.
  • Adjusting Branches of the Lane, Slack, Bush, et al. Family trees by Doris Christine Blummer Jackson.

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See Also


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Citations


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  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843

Other References

  1. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  2. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  4. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  8. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  11. ...

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