Slattery History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Irish Slattery name in Gaelic was O'Slatraigh meaning "descendant of the strong, tall, bold one," and referring to ancient chief. The name is derived from the Gaelic word "slatra," which means "strong."

Early Origins of the Slattery family

The surname Slattery was first found in County Clare (Irish: An Clár) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from early times, and descended from the Heremon line of Irish Kings, holding territories in Thomond (Tuathmhumhan).

Early History of the Slattery family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Slattery research. Another 66 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1172 and 1845 are included under the topic Early Slattery History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Slattery Spelling Variations

Lacking standardized spellings, scribes and church officials recorded people's name according to how they sounded. This practice often led to the misleading result of one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Slattery are preserved in the archival documents of the period. The various spellings of the name that were found include Slattery, Slatterly, Slaterly and others.

Early Notables of the Slattery family (pre 1700)

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United States Slattery migration to the United States +

Many Irish families boarded ships bound for North America in the middle of 19th century to escape the conditions of poverty and racial discrimination at that time. Although these immigrants often arrived in a destitute state, they went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. An inquiry into many immigration and passenger lists has revealed many early immigrants to North America bearing the Slattery family name:

Slattery Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Andrew Slattery, who landed in New York in 1795 [1]
  • Ann Slattery, who landed in New York in 1795 [1]
  • Edmond Slattery, who arrived in New York in 1795 [1]
  • ElM Slattery, who landed in New York in 1795 [1]
  • Eliu Slattery, who arrived in New York in 1795 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Slattery Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Peter Slattery, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • John Slattery settled with his wife Margaret and Peter, in New York State in 1811
  • Edmund Slattery, aged 17, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Edward Slattery, aged 19, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812-1813 [1]
  • Cornelius M Slattery, aged 26, who landed in New York in 1818 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Slattery Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Margaret Slattery, who arrived in Alabama in 1924 [1]

Canada Slattery migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Slattery Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Slattery, who settled in Little Placentia, Newfoundland in 1730 [2]
  • Edmund Slattery from Clonmel in Tipperary was married at St. John's, Newfoundland in 1793 [2]
Slattery Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • William Slattery, who settled in Trinity, Newfoundland in 1820 [2]
  • Helen Slattery, who landed in Canada in 1823
  • Katharine Slattery, who landed in Canada in 1823
  • Mary Slattery, who arrived in Canada in 1823
  • Pat Slattery, who landed in Canada in 1823
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Slattery migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Slattery Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Slattery, English convict who was convicted in Devon, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 27th April 1833, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [3]
  • John Slattery a seaman, who arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Lady Mary Pelham" in 1836 [4]
  • Thomas Slattery, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Britannia" in 1846 [5]
  • John Slattery, aged 36, a labourer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Catherine" in 1851 [6]
  • Mary Slattery, aged 31, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Catherine" in 1851 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Slattery 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:

Slattery Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • M Slattery, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1845
  • Miss Johanna Slattery, (b. 1849), aged 20, British general servant travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Hydaspes" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 30th September 1869 [7]
  • Mary Slattery, aged 18, a dairymaid, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1874
  • Patrick Slattery, aged 21, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1878
  • Thomas Slattery, aged 20, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arethusa" in 1879
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Slattery (post 1700) +

  • Ryan Slattery (b. 1982), American Young Artist Award nominated actor
  • John Slattery (b. 1962), American four-time Primetime Emmy Award nominated actor, known for Mad Men (2007-2015), Spotlight (2015) and Iron Man 2 (2010)
  • James Lawrence Slattery (1944-1974), birth name of Candy Darling, an American transgende ractress, best known as a Warhol Superstar
  • Richard X. Slattery (1925-1997), American character actor, known for Mister Roberts (1965), The Gallant Men (1962) and CPO Sharkey (1976)
  • James Edward Slattery (1904-1960), American professional boxer in the Light Heavyweight, inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2006
  • Michael J. Slattery (1866-1904), American Major League Baseball player who played between 1884 and 1891
  • James Charles "Jim" Slattery (b. 1948), American politician, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senator from Kansas
  • Edward James Slattery (b. 1940), American Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Michael Slattery (1783-1857), Irish Roman Catholic clergyman, Archbishop of Cashel & Emly from 1833 to 1857
  • John Fergus Slattery (b. 1949), Irish former rugby union player, inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame in 2007
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Patrick John Slattery, American 2nd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [8]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY MARY PELHAM 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836LadyMaryPelham.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BRITANNIA 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Britannia.htm
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CATHERINE 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Catherine.htm
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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