Slipper History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Slipper surname is thought to be a habitational name taken from any of the several places so named, such as Slape in Dorset or Sleap in Shropshire. The word "slape" comes from Middle English, and means a "slippery" or "miry" place."

Early Origins of the Slipper family

The surname Slipper was first found in Shropshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the village and lands of Sleapa, held by William Pantulf from Earl Roger, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

Early History of the Slipper family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Slipper research. Another 88 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1273 and 1276 are included under the topic Early Slipper History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Slipper Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Slape, Sleep, Sleap, Slape, Slepe, Sleip, Sleape, Sleapa, Sleeper and many more.

Early Notables of the Slipper family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Slipper Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Slipper family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Lancelot Sleep, who arrived in Maryland sometime between 1640 and 1648; Thomas Slape, an emigrant in bondage, who arrived in Maryland in 1738; as well as Mary Sleep, who arrived in St. John, N.B. in 1834..



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)


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