Sluder History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The illustrious surname Sluder finds its origin in the rocky, sea swept coastal area of southwestern England known as Cornwall. Although surnames were fairly widespread in medieval England, people were originally known only by a single name. The process by which hereditary surnames were adopted is extremely interesting. As populations grew, people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Under the Feudal System of government, surnames evolved and they often reflected life on the manor and in the field. Lords and their tenants often became known by the name of the feudal territory they owned or lived on. 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 Sluder is a local type of surname and the Sluder family lived 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 Sluder family

The surname Sluder 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 Sluder family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sluder 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 Sluder History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sluder 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 Sluder 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...
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Ireland Migration of the Sluder family to Ireland

Some of the Sluder 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.

Migration of the Sluder family

An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Sluder: George Slade who settled in Virginia in 1654; William Slade settled in Barbados in 1660; Edward Slade settled in Virginia in 1670; Mathew Slader settled in Barbados in 1670.


Contemporary Notables of the name Sluder (post 1700) +

  • James Sluder, American politician, Member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 66 (Waco) in the late 1800s
  • Kevin Sluder, American former musician with The Tarheel Bluegrass Boys


The Sluder 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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