Slade History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Slade history begins in Cornwall, a rugged coastal region in southwestern England. Quite distinct from Devon, the adjoining county, Cornwall had its own spoken language until the late 18th century. The Slade history began here. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames were derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. Unlike most Celtic peoples, who favored patronymic names, the Cornish predominantly used local surnames. The Slade family originally lived in Cornwall. Their name, however, is derived from the Old English word slaed, meaning valley, and indicates that the original bearer of the name lived in a valley.

Early Origins of the Slade family

The surname Slade was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat from very early times.

Important Dates for the Slade family

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Slade Spelling Variations

Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Slade, Slader and others.

Early Notables of the Slade family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was William Slade ( fl. 1380), English philosopher, a Cistercian monk of Buckfastleigh, Devonshire; Matthew Slade (1569-1628?), English divine, born at...
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Migration of the Slade family to Ireland

Some of the Slade family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Slade migration to the United States

Early records show that people bearing the name Slade arrived in North America quite early:

Slade Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Charles Slade, who arrived in Maryland in 1649 [1]
  • George Slade who settled in Virginia in 1654
  • Geo Slade, who arrived in Virginia in 1654 [1]
  • Margaret Slade, who landed in Maryland in 1660 [1]
  • William Slade, who settled in Barbados in 1660
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Slade Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Edward Slade, who landed in Virginia in 1719 [1]
  • Thomas Slade, who settled in Maryland in 1775
Slade Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Slade, who settled in Marshall's Folly in 1801
  • Christopher Slade, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1837 [1]
  • O Slade, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • John Slade, who landed in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania in 1866 [1]

Slade migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Slade Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Slade, who settled in Tilton and Twillingate Newfoundland in 1771 [2]
Slade Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Slade & Company operated a salmon fishery at Fogo, Newfoundland in 1804 [2]
  • Henry Slade was a soldier of St. John's, Newfoundland in 1818 [2]

Slade migration to Australia

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

Slade Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Slade, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838 [3]
  • William Slade, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1840 [4]
  • James Slade, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Competitor" in 1848 [5]
  • Elijah Slade, aged 26, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Caucasian" [6]
  • William Slade, aged 18, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Surge" [7]
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Slade 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:

Slade Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Edward Slade, (b. 1863), aged 7 months, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 16th February 1864 [8]
  • Mr. James William Slade, (b. 1824), aged 39, British bricklayer travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 16th February 1864 [8]
  • Mrs. Mary Slade, (b. 1828), aged 35, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 16th February 1864 [8]
  • Mr. James S. Slade, (b. 1850), aged 13, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 16th February 1864 [8]
  • Miss Henrietta Slade, (b. 1851), aged 12, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 16th February 1864 [8]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Slade (post 1700)

  • William Slade Jr. (1786-1859), American Whig and Anti-Masonic politician
  • Acey Slade (b. 1974), stage name of Emil John Schmidt IV, American lead singer and guitarist of the band Acey Slade & The Dark Party
  • Frank L. Slade, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Norfolk, Virginia, 1889-94 [9]
  • Frank A. Slade, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1940, 1944, 1948 [9]
  • Francis Slade, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nevada, 1956 [9]
  • David H. Slade, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from New London, 1906 [9]
  • Charles L. Slade, American Republican politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Cornwall, 1906 [9]
  • Charles Slade (d. 1834), American Democrat politician, Member of Illinois State House of Representatives, 1820, 1826; U.S. Representative from Illinois 1st District, 1833-34 [9]
  • Benjamin Slade, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1916, 1920 [9]
  • Alfred M. Slade (d. 1840), American politician, U.S. Consul in Buenos Aires, 1837-40 [9]
  • ... (Another 30 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Slade family

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Ronald A Slade (b. 1921), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Alverstoke, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [10]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. John Allan Slade, British Lieutenant (E), who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [11]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Stephen Joseph Slade (1911-1939), British Petty Officer with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [12]

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Citations

  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. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Rajasthan.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Rajasthan.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) COMPETITOR 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Competitor.gif
  6. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BARQUE CAUCASIAN 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/caucasian1852.shtml
  7. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SURGE 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/surge1852.shtml
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  10. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  11. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  12. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
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