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Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Slaven originally appeared in Gaelic as O Sleibhin or O'Sleibhin, derived from "sliabh," which means "mountain," and was a symbolic name for the Chief of this Clann.

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The surname Slaven was first found in Fermanagh (Irish: Fear Manach) in the southwestern part of Northern Ireland, Province of Ulster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

The recording of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name Slaven revealed spelling variations, including Slavin, Slaving, Slevin, Sleving, Slevan, Sleavin and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Slaven research. Another 267 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1172 and 1640 are included under the topic Early Slaven History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Slaven Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North Ameri ca. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Slaven family came to North America quite early:

Slaven Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Bernard, Edward, Hugh, James, John, Patrick, Peter, and William Slaven who arrived in Philadelphia between 1842 and 1862
  • Garnet Slaven, aged 27, who landed in America from Preston, in 1892

Slaven Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • James Slaven, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from Leitrim, in 1905
  • Patrick Slaven, aged 30, who settled in America from Tyrone, Ireland, in 1907
  • Rose Slaven, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from Tyrone, Ireland, in 1907
  • Nann Slaven, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • John Slaven, aged 48, who settled in America from Carrickmacross, Ireland, in 1920
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Slaven Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Slaven, aged 27, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Frenchman"
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  • Michael "Mick" Slaven (b. 1961), Scottish session guitarist and record producer
  • Bernard Joseph "Bernie" Slaven (b. 1960), Scottish-born former Republic of Ireland international footballer
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    Other References

    1. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
    2. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    3. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    4. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    5. 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.
    6. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    8. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    9. 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).
    10. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
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