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Early Origins of the Sladen family

The surname Sladen was first found in Lancashire at Sladen, a hamlet in the parish of Littleborough. [1]

Today, Littleborough (and Sladen) are part of Greater Manchester in the Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale. Little records can be found of the Sladen place name. One of the first records of the name was found in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 where Johannes Sladen was listed. [1]

While this is the generally understood origin of the name, another source notes the following: "this family, seated on the coast of Kent in the early part of the XVII. century, and hardly found elsewhere until within the XIX., are presumed to have come from the town of Schleiden in the government of Aix-la-Chapelle in Rhenish Prussia. John Sleidan, the historian of the Reformation in Germany, a native of that town, was deputed to the English court by the German reformers in 1545, and it is probable that others of his name and religion afterwards sought a home in this country. Sladden, Sladdon, and Slodden, may he variations of the name; and this seems the more probable, inasmuch as the continental town is pronounced as if written with two d's. There seems, however, to be no recognized kindred between the Sladens and the Sladdens. The name of Schleiden is still well known in Germany. A Thos de Slayden was mayor of Winchester in 1222." [2]

In some ways, the last entry of "Thos de Slayden," negates this author's theory as he held the position of mayor in 1222, at least three hundred years before! However, the reference to Kent is agreeable, as we will soon explore.

Early History of the Sladen family

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Sladen Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Sladen, Sladean, Slayden, Sladon, Slaydon, Sleighdon, Sleighden, Sladden, Slayton, Sleyton, Sleydon, Slaidon, Slaiton, Sladden and many more.

Early Notables of the Sladen family

Distinguished members of the family include

  • Sir Charles Sladen (1816-1884), Australian statesman, born at Ripple Park, Kent, in 1816, was second son of John Baker Sladen of Ripple Park, Kent, a deputy-lieutenant for the Cinque ports, by Ethelre...
  • In 1841 Sladen emigrated to Victoria, landing on 14 Feb. 1842, and in May commenced practice as a solicitor at Geelong, where he became the head of the firm of Sladen, Martyn, & Taylor. His rapid succ...
  • Sir Edward Bosc Sladen (1827-1890), Indian officer, born at Madras, on 20 Nov. 1827, was son of Dr. Ramsey Sladen, of the East India Company's service (d. 1860?), and his second wife, Emma, daughter o...

United States Sladen migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sladen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles Sladen, who landed in New York in 1837 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Sladen (post 1700) +

  • Fred Winchester Sladen (1867-1945), United States Army officer, Major General and became Superintendent of the United States Military Academy
  • Walter Percy Sladen (1849-1900), English biologist who specialised in starfish
  • Douglas Brooke Wheelton Sladen (1856-1947), English author and academic
  • Sir Charles Sladen KCMG (1816-1884), English-born, Australian colonial politician, the 6th Premier of Victoria in 1868
  • Mr. John Sladen, British sheriff, held the joint position of Sheriff of Nottingham, England from 1540 to 1541
  • Sir Edward Bosc Sladen (1827-1890), British army officer, known for his work in India
  • Elisabeth Sladen (1946-2011), English actress best known for her role as Sarah Jane Smith in the British television series Doctor Who
  • Major-General Joseph Sladen Bradley (1900-1961), American Commanding General 25th Division, Korea (1948-1951) [4]

The Sladen Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Vive ut vivas
Motto Translation: Live that you may live for ever

  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. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. 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)
  4. Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 22) Joseph Bradley. Retrieved from on Facebook