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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."

Sleep Early Origins



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.

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Sleep Spelling Variations


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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.

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Sleep Early History


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Sleep Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sleep research. Another 204 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1273 and 1276 are included under the topic Early Sleep History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sleep Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sleep Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Sleep 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



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

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, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Breakwater" from Plymouth, England
  • Mary Sleep Junior, aged 4, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Breakwater" from Plymouth, England
  • Lavinia Sleep, aged 2, 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 arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal Admiral" in 1838 [2]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 arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal Admiral" in 1838 [2]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 arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal Admiral" in 1838 [2]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 arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Bruce" in 1846
  • Robert Sleep a labourer, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bussorah Merchant" in 1848
  • ... (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, arrived in Napier aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1879
  • Elizabeth Sleep, aged 20, arrived in Napier aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1879
  • Frederick Sleep, aged 2, arrived in Napier aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1879
  • John Sleep, aged 5 months, arrived in Napier aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1879

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sleep (post 1700)


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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


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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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ROYAL ADMIRAL 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838RoyalAdmiral.htm

Other References

  1. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  3. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  5. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  6. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  7. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
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The Sleep Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sleep 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.

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