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Early Origins of the Sleight family

The surname Sleight was first found in Essex, where Walter Sleh was listed in the Feet of Fines in 1219. Thomas Sleh, Slei, Slegh was listed in the Assize Rolls of Lincolnshire in 1219 and Robert Sley was listed in the Assize Rolls of Warwickshire in 1221. [1]

The "epithet sly did not primarily imply anything dishonourable; though like 'crafty' and 'cunning' it has since come to be taken in a bad sense. The Slys or Sleighs were skilful men - cunning of hand. We are informed that Sly was anciently a common name in Shakespeare's own town. " [2] The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 include: Ralph Sly in Hertfordshire; John Sley in Cambridgeshire; and John le Slege in Oxfordshire. [3]

The hamlet of Ash in Derbyshire was an ancient family seat at one time. "The place was the property of the Sleigh family, from whom it came to the Chethams, and subsequently to the Cottons." [4]

Early History of the Sleight family

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Sleight Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Sleight family

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Ireland Migration of the Sleight family to Ireland

Some of the Sleight family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Sleight migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sleight Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • James Sleight, who arrived in Virginia in 1610 [5]
  • John Sleight, aged 42, who landed in Virginia in 1610 aboard the ship "Tryall/Triall" [5]
Sleight Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alexander Sleight, who landed in New York in 1829 [5]
  • John Sleight, aged 27, who arrived in New York in 1831 [5]

Australia Sleight migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

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 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Sleight (post 1700) +

  • 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
  • Geoffrey "Geoff" Sleight (b. 1943), Australian former footballer who played from 1961 to 1979, member of the Australia National Team in 1965
  • Sir Richard Sleight (b. 1946), 4th Baronet of Weelsby Hall, Lincoln, British peer
  • Sir John Frederick Sleight (1909-1990), 3rd Baronet of Weelsby Hall, Lincoln, British peer
  • 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
  • Professor Peter Sleight (b. 1929), British distinguished research cardiologist, Emeritus Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine University of Oxford
  • Graham Sleight (b. 1972), British writer, editor and critic

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  5. 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)
  6. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from on Facebook