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Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Slevin originally appeared in Gaelic as O Sleibhin or O'Sleibhin, derived from "sliabh," which means "mountain," and was a symbolic name for the Chief of this Clann.

Slevin Early Origins



The surname Slevin was first found in Fermanagh (Irish: Fear Manach) in the southwestern part of Northern Ireland, Province of Ulster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Slevin Spelling Variations


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Slevin Spelling Variations



Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname Slevin were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. Slavin, Slaving, Slevin, Sleving, Slevan, Sleavin and many more.

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Slevin Early History


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Slevin Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Slevin research. Another 267 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1172 and 1640 are included under the topic Early Slevin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Slevin Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Slevin Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Slevin 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



To escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, thousands of Irish left their homeland in the 19th century. These migrants typically settled in communities throughout the East Coast of North America, but also joined the wagon trains moving out to the Midwest. Ironically, when the American War of Independence began, many Irish settlers took the side of England, and at the war's conclusion moved north to Canada. These United Empire Loyalists, were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Other Irish immigrants settled in Newfoundland, the Ottawa Valley, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, however, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America and Australia. Many of those numbers, however, did not live through the long sea passage. These Irish settlers to North America were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Slevin or a variant listed above, including:

Slevin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Daniel, Edward, Ellen, Francis, James, John, Michael, Owen, Patrick, and Thomas Slevin all arrived in Philadelphia between 1838 and 1868

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Contemporary Notables of the name Slevin (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Slevin (post 1700)



  • Ronnie Slevin (b. 1941), retired Irish hurler who played for Tipperary in 1962
  • Noel Slevin, Irish journalist and columnist in Letterkenny, County Donegal, known for his column "Slevin on Sunday"
  • Ciarán Slevin (b. 1986), Irish hurler who has played since
  • Gerard Slevin (1919-1997), Irish Chief Herald of Ireland (1955-1981), involved in the design of the European flag
  • Edward "Ted" Slevin, English professional rugby league footballer who played from 1948 to 1962, member of the England National Team (1950-1953)
  • Brian Francis Slevin, Commissioner of Police, Hong Kong

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    3. 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).
    4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    8. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    9. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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    The Slevin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Slevin 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.

    This page was last modified on 7 April 2016 at 10:06.

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