Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Slavens 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.
Early Origins of the Slavens family
The surname Slavens 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.
Early History of the Slavens family
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Slavens Spelling Variations
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 Slavens revealed spelling variations
, including Slavin, Slaving, Slevin, Sleving, Slevan, Sleavin and many more.
Early Notables of the Slavens family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Slavens family to the New World and Oceana
In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North America. 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 Slavens family came to North America quite early:
Slavens Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Mrs. H.C. Slavens, who arrived in America, in 1911
- Albert Slavens, aged 52, who arrived in America, in 1920
- Anna L. Slavens, aged 47, who arrived in East Orange, New Jersey, in 1924
Contemporary Notables of the name Slavens (post 1700)
- Mark Slavens (b. 1954), American politician and jurist, Circuit Court Judge