Early Origins of the Slayter family
The surname Slayter was first found in Gloucestershire
in either Upper Slaughter or Lower Slaughter. Contrary to the rather obvious trade name as one would expect, this local
name dates back to these parishes which in turn, date back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 where they were collectively known as Sclostre. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
The place name is thought to have literally meant "muddy place," from the Old English word "slohtre." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Another source believes that the place name was "perhaps derived from the name of a river." CITATION[CLOSE]
Charnock, Richard, Stephen, Ludus Patronymicus of The Etymology of Curious Surnames. London: Trubner & Co., 60 Paternoster Row, 1868. Print.
A rather rare surname in early days, the first on record was Robert de Scloctres who was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Gloucestershire in 1191. Eynsham, Oxfordshire was home to Robert de Sloutre in 1251 and Mariota de la Sloghtere was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1296. Thomas le Slaghterere was listed in the Feet of Fines for Essex in 1296 and Henry le Sclaufterer was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Suffolk in 1327. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Because of the varied villages of the two latter entries, the author believes that these point the origin of the name as occupational in nature from the Middle English word "slahter" meaning "slaughter."
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Ballizus de Sloutre in Gloucestershire at that time. 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)
Early History of the Slayter family
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Slayter Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Slaughter, Sloughter, Slighter, Sclater and others.
Early Notables of the Slayter family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Slayter family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Slayter Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Peter Slayter, who arrived in Maryland in 1666-1750 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Slayter Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Abraham Slayter, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
- John Slayter, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
- John Slayter, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
Contemporary Notables of the name Slayter (post 1700)
- Games Slayter (1896-1964), American engineer and inventor, best known for developing Fiberglass, inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame (2006)
Historic Events for the Slayter family
- Miss Hilda Mary Slayter, aged 30, Canadian Second Class passenger from Halifax, Nova Scotia who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 13 CITATION[CLOSE]
Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html