Slichter History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Slichter family

The surname Slichter was first found in Gloucestershire in either Upper Slaughter or Lower Slaughter. Contrary to the rather obvious trade name as one would expect, this local name dates back to these parishes which in turn, date back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where they were collectively known as Sclostre. [1] The place name is thought to have literally meant "muddy place," from the Old English word "slohtre." [2] Another source believes that the place name was "perhaps derived from the name of a river." [3]

A rather rare surname in early days, the first on record was Robert de Scloctres who was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Gloucestershire in 1191. Eynsham, Oxfordshire was home to Robert de Sloutre in 1251 and Mariota de la Sloghtere was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1296. Thomas le Slaghterere was listed in the Feet of Fines for Essex in 1296 and Henry le Sclaufterer was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Suffolk in 1327. [4]

Because of the varied villages of the two latter entries, the author believes that these point the origin of the name as occupational in nature from the Middle English word "slahter" meaning "slaughter."

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Ballizus de Sloutre in Gloucestershire at that time. [5]

Early History of the Slichter family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Slichter research. Another 192 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1360, 1381, 1755, 1781, 1791, 1803, 1691, 1691, 1655, 1729, 1655, 1673 and 1682 are included under the topic Early Slichter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Slichter Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Slaughter, Sloughter, Slighter, Sclater and others.

Early Notables of the Slichter family (pre 1700)

Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Slichter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Slichter family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Slaughter who settled in Virginia in 1622; Charles Slaughter who settled in Virginia in 1665 with his wife Dorothy; Rebecca Slaughter settled in Virginia in 1635.


Contemporary Notables of the name Slichter (post 1700) +

  • Charles Pence Slichter (1924-2018), American physicist, best known for his work on nuclear magnetic resonance


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Charnock, Richard, Stephen, Ludus Patronymicus of The Etymology of Curious Surnames. London: Trubner & Co., 60 Paternoster Row, 1868. Print.
  4. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


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