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The many generations and branches of the Slater family can all place the origins of their surname with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name reveals that an early member worked as a person who covered roofs with slate. Slater is an occupational surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Occupational surnames were derived from the primary activity of the bearer. In the Middle Ages, people did not generally live off of the fruits of their labor in a particular job. Rather, they performed a specialized task, as well as farming, for subsistence. Other occupational names were derived from an object associated with a particular activity. This type of surname is called a metonymic surname. This surname comes from the Old English word esclate, which means splinter or slat.

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The surname Slater was first found in Derbyshire where the earliest records of the family were found at Barlborough near Chesterfield in Derbyshire. As an occupational name, the family name was a trade name of a roofer and was originally spelled Sclater. This spelling is still used as far north as the Shetlands and the Orkney Islands, where their territories were in Burnes. Early census records in Britain revealed Thomas le Sclatatere in Worcestershire in 1255 and Saundr le Sclattur in 1278 in Oxfordshire. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list: Adam le Scatterre and Richard le Sclattere in Oxfordshire and Walter Sclatter in Buckinghamshire. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
"The living [of Tetsworth, Oxfordshire] is a vicarage, in the gift of the Slater family: the great tithes have been commuted for £210, and the small tithes for £115." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
The Sclaters of Hoddington, claim to have borrowed their name from the parish of Slaughter, or Schlauter in Gloucestershire where they were lords of the manor of over three hundred years. [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Slater were recorded, including Sclater, Slater, Slatter, Sklater and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Slater research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1550, 1615, 1684, 1659, 1683, 1684, 1634, 1699, 1679, 1685, 1690, 1699, 1676 and 1667 are included under the topic Early Slater History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Slater Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Slater family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Slater family emigrate to North America:

Slater Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Slater settled in Virginia in 1617
  • John and Anne Slater who settled in Virginia in 1622
  • Anne Slater, who arrived in Virginia in 1622
  • Bartho Slater, who arrived in Maryland in 1637
  • Bartholomew Slater, who landed in Maryland in 1637
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Slater Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Slater, who landed in New York in 1705
  • Richard Slater, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • John Slater, who landed in America in 1760-1763
  • George Slater, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1764
  • James Slater, who landed in New York in 1798
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Slater Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph, Michael, Peter, Robert, Samuel, Simeon, Thomas, and William Slater arrived in Philadelphia between 1802 and 1868
  • Robert Slater, who landed in America in 1804
  • Pamther Slater, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1834
  • Christopher Slater, who landed in Missouri in 1840
  • G H Slater, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
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Slater Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Katherine Slater, who landed in Colorado in 1903

Slater Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Abraham Slater, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • John Slater, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mary Slater, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Richard Slater, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Abraham Slater, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1775
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Slater Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Slater, aged 30, a shoemaker, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Lady Douglas" from New Ross
  • Prokop Slater, aged 33, arrived in Quebec in 1896

Slater Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Slater, English convict from Lincoln, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • William Slater, a shoemaker, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Nicholas Slater, a shoemaker, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • John Slater, aged 28, arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Africaine" in 1836
  • Thomas Slater a farmer, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Winchester" in 1838
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Slater Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Barnard Slater landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Fifeshire
  • John Slater arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wild Duck" in 1860
  • Ann Slater arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wild Duck" in 1860
  • Harriet Slater arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wild Duck" in 1860
  • Margaret Slater arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wild Duck" in 1860
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  • Philip Slater, American actor, writer and sociologist
  • Matthew Slater (b. 1985), American professional football player
  • Lauren Slater (b. 1963), American psychologist and writer
  • Kelly Slater (b. 1972), American professional surfer
  • Helen Rachel Slater (b. 1963), American actress and singer-songwriter
  • Glenn Slater (b. 1968), American two-time Tony Award nominated lyricist
  • Frank O. Slater (b. 1920), American Naval reservist, posthumously awarded the Navy Cross, eponym of the USS Slater (DE-766)
  • Christian Michael Leonard Slater (b. 1969), American actor
  • Bill Slater (1902-1965), American educator, sports announcer, and radio/television personality
  • Samuel Slater (1768-1835), British-born, American textile pioneer, who oversaw the construction of America's first successful water-powered cotton mill
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Slater Historic Events



HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Alec George Hamilton Slater (1922-1941), Australian Assistant Cook from North Ringwood, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. W Slater, British Musician, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Ronald Slater, DSM, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales May 1941 and died at the battle of Denmark Strait, before the sinking of the HMS Prince of Wales

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Arthur Slater, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Roland Slater, British Ordinary Signalman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. James Slater, British Leading Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. James Slater, British Chief Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Frank William Slater, American 2nd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
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  • The Slaters from St. Albans by Keith Slater.
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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: Crescit sub pondere virtus
Motto Translation: Virtue thrives under oppression.

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Citations



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  2. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  4. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  6. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  8. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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The Slater Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Slater 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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