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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.

Sleeman Early Origins



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.

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Sleeman Spelling Variations


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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.

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Sleeman Early History


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Sleeman Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sleeman research. Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1474, 1574, 1623, 1629 and 1684 are included under the topic Early Sleeman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sleeman Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sleeman Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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

Sleeman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Jane Sleeman, aged 22, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Ascendant"
  • Jane Sleeman, aged 22, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Ascendant" in 1851
  • Jonathan Sleeman, aged 22, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Thomas Arbuthnot"
  • Elizabeth Sleeman, aged 19, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Confiance"

Sleeman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sleeman (post 1700)


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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


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    5. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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    The Sleeman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sleeman Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 27 October 2014 at 08:32.

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