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Where did the English Slak family come from? What is the English Slak family crest and coat of arms? When did the Slak family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Slak family history?

The 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.

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Slak has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few 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. Slack, Slacke, Slach, Slagg, Slag, Slak and others.

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

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More information is included under the topic Early Slak Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Slak 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.

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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..

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  • Daniel Slak, American politician, Representative from Wisconsin 4th District, 1992


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