Sloan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The chronicles of the Sloan family indicate that the name was first used by the Strathclyde Britons of the Scottish/English Borderlands. It is derived from the Gaelic personal name Sluaghadhán. Sloan is a patronymic surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. The surname Sloan is derived from the given name Sluaghadhán, which derived from the Gaelic word, sluaghadh, and meant, raid.

Early Origins of the Sloan family

The surname Sloan was first found in Kirkcudbrightshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Chille Chuithbheirt), part of the present day Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway, former county in Southwestern Scotland, where they held a family seat. Johnn Slowane of Garoche was a juror on assize at Kirkcudbright in 1508.

Other early records include a William Slowane, who held a tenement near Dalkeith, in Midlothian in 1504.

The name has also existed in Ireland since at least the 15th Century, when bearers of Sloane emigrated to eastern Ulster, in Armagh and Down. However, there is some debate that the name also has native Irish roots, and had existed in Ireland prior to this emigration.

One source notes that the name is "from Irish O'Sluaghain, for O'Sluaghadain, 'descendant of SLaghadan,' probably a variant of O'Sluaghodhaigh, from the MIr. personal name Sluagadach, leader of a military expedition.' " [1]

Early History of the Sloan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sloan research. Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1567, 1531, 1542, 1562, 1565, 1567, 1568, 1590, 1613, 1616, 1659, 1660, 1753, 1660, 1753, 1660, 1753, 1660, 1727, 1741 and are included under the topic Early Sloan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sloan Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that rules have developed and the process of spelling according to sound has been abandoned. Scottish names from before that time tend to appear under many different spelling variations. Sloan has been spelled Sloan, Sloane, Slowan and others.

Early Notables of the Sloan family (pre 1700)

Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sloan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Sloan family to Ireland

Some of the Sloan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 111 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Sloan migration to the United States +

Unwelcome in their beloved homeland, many Scots sailed for the colonies of North America. There, they found land and freedom, and even the opportunity to make a new nation in the American War of Independence. These Scottish settlers played essential roles in the founding of the United States, and the shaping of contemporary North America. Among them:

Sloan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Ann Sloan who settled in Maryland in 1722
  • Samuel Sloan, who landed in Maryland in 1766 [2]
  • James Sloan, who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1772
  • Alex Sloan, who settled in New York in 1775
Sloan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jane Sloan, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [2]
  • John J Sloan, aged 34, who arrived in South Carolina in 1812 [2]
  • Charles Sloan, aged 22, who landed in New York in 1812 [2]
  • Darley Sloan, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812 [2]
  • Thomas Sloan, aged 31, who arrived in New York in 1812 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Sloan migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sloan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • William Sloan, aged 12, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Neptune" in 1834
  • Henry Sloan, aged 16, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Cupid" in 1834
  • Patrick Sloan, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Cupid" in 1834
  • Miss. Margaret Sloan, aged 3 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Goliah" departing 21st May 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 18th July 1847 but she died on board [3]
  • Mr. Randolph Sloan, aged 1 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Juliet" departing 3rd July 1847 from London, England; the ship arrived on 28th August 1847 but he died on board [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Sloan migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Sloan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Sloan, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1838 [4]
  • Hamilton Sloan, aged 44, a plasterer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Europa" [5]
  • Mary Ann Sloan, aged 16, a needlewoman, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Europa" [5]
  • Jane Sloan, aged 32, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Fitzjames"

New Zealand Sloan migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Sloan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Sloan, (b. 1836), aged 22, British labourer travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Indiana" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 28th November 1858 [6]
  • Mr. James Sloan, British settler travelling from Liverpool aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 19th October 1859 [6]
  • Miss Mary Sloan, British settler travelling from Liverpool aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 19th October 1859 [6]
  • James Sloan, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859
  • Mary Sloan, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Sloan (post 1700) +

  • Gerald Eugene Sloan (1942-2020), American National Basketball Association (NBA) player and head coach, inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame
  • P. F. Sloan (1945-2015), born Philip Gary Schlein, an American pop-rock singer and songwriter, best known for his "Secret Agent Man", "Eve of Destruction" and "A Must to Avoid"
  • Norman "Norm" Sloan (1926-2003), American college basketball player and coach
  • Richard E. Sloan (1857-1933), American politician, Governor of Arizona Territory (1909 to 1912)
  • James Forman "Tod" Sloan (1874-1933), American thoroughbred horse racing jockey
  • John French Sloan (1871-1951), American painter, member of The Eight
  • Major General John E Sloan, American General awarded the Croix de Guerre as Commander, 88th Infantry Division "Blue Devils" during WWII [7]
  • William J. Sloan, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 12 aerial victories
  • Mr. Ronald Kenneth Sloan M.B.E., British Chairman for SportsAid Scotland, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to Sport and to charity [8]
  • Brendan Sloan (1948-2016), Northern Irish Gaelic footballer for Down (1967-1978)
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Arrow Air Flight 1285
  • Mr. Matthew S Sloan (b. 1962), American Specialist 4th Class from Lakewood, Colorado, USA who died in the crash [9]
RMS Titanic
  • Miss Mary Sloan, aged 28, Irish Stewardess from Belfast, Northern Ireland who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking by escaping in a life boat [10]
  • Mr. Peter Sloan (d. 1912), aged 31, English Trimmer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic, died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett [10]


Suggested Readings for the name Sloan +

  • 682 Hugh Russell Sloan And Margaret Violet Reid Sloan Family Newsletter.

  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 95)
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LLOYDS from London 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Lloyds.htm
  5. ^ South Australian Register Monday 14th May 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Europa 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/europa1855.shtml
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ World War 2 Awards.com - SLOAN, John. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) John Sloan. Retrieved from http://www.ww2awards.com/person/38231
  8. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62310, 4 July 2019 | London Gazette, The Gazette, June 2018, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/62310/supplement/B1
  9. ^ American War Memorials - Flight 1285. (Retrieved 2016, August 24) . Retrieved from http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/monument_details.php?SiteID=317&MemID=550
  10. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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