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Where did the English Sleight family come from? What is the English Sleight family crest and coat of arms? When did the Sleight family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Sleight family history?


Spelling variations of this family name include: Sleigh, Sleach, Sleich, Sleech, Sliach, Sleath, Sleith, Sleth, Sleight, Sley, Slie and many more.

First found in Derbyshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Ashe from very ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sleight research. Another 305 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1271, 1275, 1317, 1574, 1679, 1674 and 1756 are included under the topic Early Sleight History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 51 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sleight Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Sleight family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 35 words(2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sleight Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James Sleight arrived in Virginia in 1610
  • James Sleight, who arrived in Virginia in 1610

Sleight Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Sleight, who landed in New York in 1829
  • John Sleight, aged 27, arrived in New York in 1831

Sleight Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Sleight, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia


  • Karl J. Sleight (b. 1962), American Treasurer of the Saratoga County Bar Association
  • Sir George Frederick Sleight (1853-1921), 1st Baronet of Weelsby Hall, Lincoln, an English fishing trawler owner, his entire fleet of 50-60 vessels were commandeered for mine sweeping during WWI
  • Graham Sleight (b. 1972), British writer, editor and critic
  • Professor Peter Sleight (b. 1929), British distinguished research cardiologist, Emeritus Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine University of Oxford
  • Sir Ernest Sleight (1873-1946), 2nd Baronet of Weelsby Hall, Lincoln, British High Sheriff and a Justice of the Peace and Deputy Lieutenant for Lincolnshire
  • Sir John Frederick Sleight (1909-1990), 3rd Baronet of Weelsby Hall, Lincoln, British peer
  • Sir Richard Sleight (b. 1946), 4th Baronet of Weelsby Hall, Lincoln, British peer
  • Geoffrey "Geoff" Sleight (b. 1943), Australian former footballer who played from 1961 to 1979, member of the Australia National Team in 1965


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The Sleight Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sleight 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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