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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]

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


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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.

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

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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.

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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

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  • 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


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  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Lowe, 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.

Other References

  1. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  3. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  5. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  6. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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