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The Sleep surname is thought to be a habitational name taken from any of the several places so named, such as Slape in Dorset or Sleap in Shropshire. The word "slape" comes from Middle English, and means a "slippery" or "miry" place."

Early Origins of the Sleep family


The surname Sleep was first found in Shropshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the village and lands of Sleapa, held by William Pantulf from Earl Roger, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

Early History of the Sleep family


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Sleep Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Slape, Sleep, Sleap, Slape, Slepe, Sleip, Sleape, Sleapa, Sleeper and many more.

Early Notables of the Sleep family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Sleep family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sleep Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Lancelot Sleep, who arrived in Maryland sometime between 1640 and 1648
  • Lancelot Sleep, who arrived in Maryland in 1640-1648 [2]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)

Sleep Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mary Sleep, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834
  • Mary Sleep, aged 33, a widow, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Breakwater" from Plymouth, England
  • Mary Sleep Junior, aged 4, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Breakwater" from Plymouth, England
  • Lavinia Sleep, aged 2, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Breakwater" from Plymouth, England

Sleep Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Sleep, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal Admiral" in 1838 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ROYAL ADMIRAL 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838RoyalAdmiral.htm
  • Stephen Sleep, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal Admiral" in 1838 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ROYAL ADMIRAL 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838RoyalAdmiral.htm
  • Thomas Sleep, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal Admiral" in 1838 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ROYAL ADMIRAL 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838RoyalAdmiral.htm
  • Joseph Sleep, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Bruce" in 1846 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY BRUCE 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846LadyBruce.htm
  • Robert Sleep a labourer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bussorah Merchant" in 1848 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BUSSORAH MERCHANT 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848BussorahMerchant.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sleep Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Sleep, aged 23, a farm labourer, who arrived in Napier aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1879
  • Elizabeth Sleep, aged 20, who arrived in Napier aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1879
  • Frederick Sleep, aged 2, who arrived in Napier aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1879
  • John Sleep, aged 5 months, who arrived in Napier aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1879

Contemporary Notables of the name Sleep (post 1700)


  • John Sleep, American special effects specialist, known for his work on Juno (2007), Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010) and Scary Movie 3 (2003)
  • John Sleep, English medical researcher at King's College, London
  • Wayne Philip Colin Sleep MBE (b. 1948), English dancer, director, choreographer, actor and panellist, former Principal Dancer with the Royal Ballet

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Citations


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ROYAL ADMIRAL 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838RoyalAdmiral.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY BRUCE 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846LadyBruce.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BUSSORAH MERCHANT 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848BussorahMerchant.htm

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