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Sleeman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Anglo-Saxon name Sleeman comes from the baptismal name Soloman, an ancient font name. Patronymic surnames arose out of the vernacular and religious given name traditions.The vernacular or regional naming tradition is the oldest and most pervasive type of patronymic surname. In the religious naming tradition, which was developed later than the vernacular tradition, surnames were bestowed in honor of religious figures or church officials. In Europe, the Christian Church was one of the most powerful influences on the formation of given names. Personal names derived from the names of saints, apostles, biblical figures, and missionaries are widespread in most European countries. In the Middle Ages, they became increasingly popular because people believed that the souls of the deceased continued to be involved in this world. They named their children after saints in the hope that the child would be blessed or protected by the saint.

Early Origins of the Sleeman family


The surname Sleeman was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Sleeman family


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Sleeman Spelling Variations


One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Sleeman has appeared include Sleeman, Slimon, Slimmon, Slimmen, Sleman, Slemon and many more.

Early Notables of the Sleeman family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Sleeman family to the New World and Oceana


At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Sleeman arrived in North America very early:

Sleeman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jane Sleeman, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [1]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)

Sleeman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Jane Sleeman, aged 22, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Ascendant" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ASCENDANT 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Ascendant.htm
  • Jane Sleeman, aged 22, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Ascendant" in 1851 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ASCENDANT 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Ascendant.htm
  • Jonathan Sleeman, aged 22, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Thomas Arbuthnot"
  • Elizabeth Sleeman, aged 19, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Confiance" [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Tuesday 30th November 1858. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Confiance 1858. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/confiance1858.shtml.

Sleeman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Stephen Sleeman, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Scottish Prince" in 1880

Contemporary Notables of the name Sleeman (post 1700)


  • Anita Sleeman (1930-2011), American-born, Canadian contemporary classical music composer
  • Derek H. Sleeman, British Emeritus Professor of Computing Science at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland
  • Fred Sleeman (b. 1885), Australian rules footballer who played for Melbourne in 1906
  • George Sleeman (1841-1926), Canadian brewer, sports executive and politician, Mayor of Guelph, Ontario (1880-1882) and (1905-1906)
  • John W. Sleeman, Canadian brewer, great great grandson of John H. Sleeman who restarted the Sleeman Brewery in Guelph, Ontario which was purchased by Sapporo Brewery in 2006
  • Stuart Colin Sleeman (1914-2006), British judge, Assistant Judge Advocate General
  • Frank Northey Sleeman (1915-2000), Australian politician, Lord Mayor of Brisbane from 1976 to 1982
  • Sir William Henry Sleeman (1788-1856), British soldier and administrator in British India, born in Stratton, Cornwall
  • John H Sleeman, founder of Sleeman Breweries, Guelph, Ontario in 1834

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Citations


  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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ASCENDANT 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Ascendant.htm
  3. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 30th November 1858. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Confiance 1858. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/confiance1858.shtml.

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