The Slape surname is thought to be a habitational name taken from any of the several places so named, such as Slape in Dorset
or Sleap in Shropshire
. The word "slape" comes from Middle English, and means a "slippery" or "miry" place."
Early Origins of the Slape family
The surname Slape was first found in Shropshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the village and lands of Sleapa, held by William Pantulf from Earl Roger, who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086.
Early History of the Slape family
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Slape Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Slape, Sleep, Sleap, Slape, Slepe, Sleip, Sleape, Sleapa, Sleeper and many more.
Early Notables of the Slape family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Slape family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Slape Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Thomas Slape, an emigrant in bondage, who arrived in Maryland in 1738
Slape Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Jane Slape, aged 17, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Mary Green" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Monday 20 June 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MARY GREEN 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/marygreen1853.shtml.
- William Slape, aged 30, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "William Stuart" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Friday 15 July 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) William Stuart 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/williamstuart1853.shtml.
- Thomas Slape (aged 23), a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Aliquis"
Contemporary Notables of the name Slape (post 1700)
- Harry L. Slape, American politician, Mayor of Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1880 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html