Slider History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Cornwall in southwestern England provides the original birthplace of the surname Slider. As populations grew, people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Unlike most Celtic peoples, who favored patronymic names, the Cornish predominantly used local surnames. This was due to the heavy political and cultural influence of the English upon the Cornish People at the time that surnames first came into use. Local surnames were derived from where a person lived, held land, or was born. While many Cornish surnames of this sort appear to be topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees, many are actually habitation surnames derived from lost or unrecorded place names. The name Slider history began in Cornwall. Their name, however, is derived from the Old English word slaed, meaning valley, and indicates that the original bearer of the name lived in a valley.

Early Origins of the Slider family

The surname Slider was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat from very early times.

"About the year 1600, [the Trevascus estate in the parish of Gorrran] passed with its heiress to the Hoblyns, of whose descendant, the Rev. Robert Hoblyn, it was purchased by William Slade Gully, Esq. the late proprietor. The barton house has been demolished. Trevenen, the seat of the late W. S. Gully, Esq. has been the residence of his ancestors the Slades, from the days of Elizabeth." [1]

Early History of the Slider family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Slider research. Another 98 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1380, 1569, 1628, 1574, 1628, 1689 and 1597 are included under the topic Early Slider History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Slider Spelling Variations

Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Slade, Slader and others.

Early Notables of the Slider family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was William Slade ( fl. 1380), English philosopher, a Cistercian monk of Buckfastleigh, Devonshire; Matthew Slade (1569-1628?), English divine, born at...
Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Slider Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Slider family to Ireland

Some of the Slider 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 Slider migration to the United States +

A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Slider:

Slider Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Slider, aged 54, who landed in America, in 1894
Slider Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Thomas Slider, aged 69, who immigrated to America, in 1908
  • Margaret Slider, aged 59, who immigrated to the United States, in 1908

Contemporary Notables of the name Slider (post 1700) +

  • Rachel Wayne "Rac" Slider (b. 1933), retired American minor league baseball infielder and manager


The Slider Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fidus et audax
Motto Translation: Faithful and bold.


  1. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print


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