Slack History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Slack family

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.

Early History of the Slack family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Slack research. Another 91 words (6 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Slack family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Slack family to Ireland

Some of the Slack family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 59 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Slack migration to the United States +

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 settled in 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, who arrived in New York, NY in 1820 [1]
  • Seth Slack, aged 23, who arrived in New York, NY in 1820 [1]
  • John Slack, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Slack migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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

Australia Slack migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

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 [2]
  • Mr. Adam Slack, English convict who was convicted in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Bangalore" on 28th March 1848, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) from Bermuda [3]
  • Alexander Slack, aged 18, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Blundell"

New Zealand Slack migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Slack Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • J. D. Slack, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sydenham" in 1870

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
  • Private Clayton Kirk Slack (1896-1976), soldier in the United States Army who received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the World War I
  • Henry Slack, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at St. Joseph, Missouri, 1854-55 [4]
  • 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 [4]
  • Charles W. Slack, American politician, U.S. Collector of Internal Revenue for the 3rd Massachusetts District, 1879 [4]
  • Charles P. Slack, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Orleans County, 1920 [4]
  • ... (Another 26 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Suggested Readings for the name Slack +

  • 2397 "6,474 Slack Relatives" by Roscoe C. Keeney, "Adjusting Branches of the Lane, Slack, Bush, et al. Family trees" by Doris Christine Blummer Jackson.

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 15th September 2020). Retrieved from
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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