Slatter History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Slatter comes from one of the family having worked as a person who covered roofs with slate. Slatter 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.
Early Origins of the Slatter family
The surname Slatter 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.  The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list: Adam le Scatterre and Richard le Sclattere in Oxfordshire and Walter Sclatter in Buckinghamshire. 
"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."  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. 
Early History of the Slatter family
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Slatter Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Slatter have been found, including: Sclater, Slater, Slatter, Sklater and others.
Early Notables of the Slatter family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include William Sclater (1575-1626), rector of Pitminster, the second son of Anthony Sclater, of ancient Northumbrian descent, who is said to have held the benefice of Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire for fifty years, and to have died in 1620, aged 100.
William Sclater (d. 1717?), was an English nonjuring divine, born at Exeter, the only son of William Sclater, rector of St. Peter-le-Poer, and grandson of William Sclater...
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Migration of the Slatter family to Ireland
Some of the Slatter family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 34 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Slatter migration to the United States +
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Slatter, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :
Slatter Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Slatter, who landed in Virginia in 1658 
- Artick Slatter, who arrived in Virginia in 1663 
Slatter Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- William Slatter, who arrived in Norfolk, Va in 1760 
- Caspar Slatter, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1761 
- Casper Slatter, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1761 
Slatter migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Slatter Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Sarah Slatter, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1849 
- Mr. Edward Slatter, (b. 1834), aged 22, English labourer from Gloucestershire, England, UKtravelling from Plymouth, Devon, UK aboard the ship "Aliquis" arriving in Adelaide, Australia on 26th August 1856 
- Edward Slatter (aged 22), a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Aliquis"
Slatter migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Slatter Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- John Slatter, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1863
- Mr. John Slatter, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Gertrude" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 9th February 1863 
- William Slatter, aged 43, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874
- Mary Ann Slatter, aged 43, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874
- Mr. John (Benoni) Slatter, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "May Queen" arriving in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, North Island, New Zealand on 16th December 1881 
Contemporary Notables of the name Slatter (post 1700) +
Historic Events for the Slatter family +
- Mr. Reginald William Slatter, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking 
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The Slatter 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: Crescit sub pondere virtus
Motto Translation: Virtue thrives under oppression.
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- ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HARPLEY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Harpley.htm
- ^ The Ships List Passenger Lists Ship Aliquis (Retrieved 26th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/aliquis1856.shtml
- ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
- ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html