Anglo-Saxon name Slak comes from the family having resided in the village of Slak in the county of Yorkshire. The original bearers of the surname Slak 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 Slak family
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 Slak family
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Slak Spelling Variations
hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Slack, Slacke, Slach, Slagg, Slag, Slak and others.
Early Notables of the Slak family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Slak family to Ireland
Some of the Slak family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Slak family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Slaks to arrive on North American shores: Anne Slack who came to Baltimore, Maryland in 1775; Seth Slack, who arrived in New York in 1820; Jane Slack, who arrived in New York in 1820; as well as George Slack, who came to New York in 1846..
Contemporary Notables of the name Slak (post 1700)
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