Sledge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Sledge family
The surname Sledge was first found in Essex, where Walter Sleh was listed in the Feet of Fines in 1219. Thomas Sleh, Slei, Slegh was listed in the Assize Rolls of Lincolnshire in 1219 and Robert Sley was listed in the Assize Rolls of Warwickshire in 1221.  The "epithet sly did not primarily imply anything dishonourable; though like 'crafty' and 'cunning' it has since come to be taken in a bad sense. The Slys or Sleighs were skilful men - cunning of hand. We are informed that Sly was anciently a common name in Shakespeare's own town. "  The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 include: Ralph Sly in Hertfordshire; John Sley in Cambridgeshire; and John le Slege in Oxfordshire.  The hamlet of Ash in Derbyshire was an ancient family seat at one time. "The place was the property of the Sleigh family, from whom it came to the Chethams, and subsequently to the Cottons." 
Early History of the Sledge family
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Sledge Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Sleigh, Sleach, Sleich, Sleech, Sliach, Sleath, Sleith, Sleth, Sleight, Sley, Slie and many more.
Early Notables of the Sledge family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sledge family to Ireland
Some of the Sledge family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sledge migration to the United States +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Sledge Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Sledge, who arrived in Virginia in 1703 
- Charles Sledge, who landed in Virginia in 1710 
Contemporary Notables of the name Sledge (post 1700) +
- Joan Elise "Joni" Sledge (1956-2017), American singer–songwriter, actress and producer
- Percy Tyrone Sledge (1941-2015), American R&B and soul performer, best known for the song "When a Man Loves a Woman", a No. 1 hit on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B singles charts in 1966, inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2005
- Richard Kitson Sledge (b. 1930), retired American Anglican priest
- Kathy Sledge (b. 1959), American singer
- Terrmel Sledge (b. 1977), former American outfielder in Major League Baseball
- Eugene Bondurant Sledge (1923-2001), United States Marine, university professor, and author
- Robert Sledge, American musician
- Alphonso Sledge Barger (b. 1908), American lawyer
Related Stories +
Suggested Readings for the name Sledge +
- 4074 "Boone, Eller, Sledge, Vaughn and Related Families" by Jesse H. Boone.
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ 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)