Sleeper History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Sleeper 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 Sleeper family

The surname Sleeper 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] 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 Sleeper family

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Sleeper 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 Sleeper family (pre 1700)

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United States Sleeper migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sleeper Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Sleeper, who arrived in Hampton, NH in 1646 [2]
Sleeper Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Adam Sleeper, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1758 [2]
Sleeper Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • S.W. Sleeper, aged 20, who immigrated to the United States from Cartagena, in 1894
  • Henry Dike Sleeper, aged 30, who immigrated to the United States, in 1895
  • Jacob Sleeper, aged 29, who immigrated to the United States, in 1895
  • Elizabeth Sleeper, aged 35, who settled in America, in 1896
  • H. D. Sleeper, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1897
Sleeper Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alden B. Sleeper, aged 45, who immigrated to the United States, in 1903
  • Jacob Sleeper, aged 33, who immigrated to America from Paris, in 1903
  • Jacko Sleeper, aged 34, who settled in America from Paris, in 1904
  • Jacob Sleeper, aged 29, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Harold Sleeper, who immigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Sleeper migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sleeper Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Edward Sleeper, aged 45, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1913

Contemporary Notables of the name Sleeper (post 1700) +

  • Henry Davis Sleeper (1878-1934), American antiquarian, collector, and interior decorator, recipient of the Croix de Guerre and the Legion of Honor
  • John Sherburne Sleeper (1794-1878), American sailor, ship master and novelist, 6th Mayor of Roxbury, Massachusetts
  • Jim Sleeper (b. 1947), American writer and lecturer in political science at Yale University
  • Albert Edson Sleeper (1862-1934), American politician, the 29th Governor of Michigan, eponym of Albert E. Sleeper State Park
  • Thomas M. Sleeper (b. 1956), American composer and conductor
  • Josiah Sleeper (d. 1946), American businessman who founded Sleeper's College, Chester, Pennsylvania (1910)
  • Martha Sleeper (1910-1983), American silent film comedienne of the 1920s
  • Elias Sleeper Stover (1836-1927), American businessman, politician, and university president


  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)


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