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The surname Slye was first found in Essex
, where Walter Sleh was listed in the Feet of Fines in 1219. Thomas Sleh, Slei, Slegh was listed in the Assize Rolls of Lincolnshire
in 1219 and Robert Sley was listed in the Assize Rolls of Warwickshire
in 1221. 
The "epithet sly did not primarily imply anything dishonourable; though like 'crafty' and 'cunning' it has since come to be taken in a bad sense. The Slys or Sleighs were skilful men - cunning of hand. We are informed that Sly was anciently a common name in Shakespeare's own town. " 
The Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 include: Ralph Sly in Hertfordshire; John Sley in Cambridgeshire; and John le Slege in Oxfordshire
The hamlet of Ash in Derbyshire
was an ancient family seat
at one time. "The place was the property of the Sleigh family, from whom it came to the Chethams, and subsequently to the Cottons." 
Spelling variations of this family name include: Sleigh, Sleach, Sleich, Sleech, Sliach, Sleath, Sleith, Sleth, Sleight, Sley, Slie and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Slye research. Another 305 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1271, 1275, 1317, 1574, 1679, 1674 and 1756 are included under the topic Early Slye History in all our PDF Extended History products
Another 51 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Slye Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
Some of the Slye family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 35 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland
is included in all our PDF Extended History products
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Slye Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Jerimiah Slye, who landed in Virginia in 1638
- Robert Slye, who arrived in Maryland in 1658
- John Slye settled in Barbados in 1680 with his servants
Slye Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Thomas Slye settled in Annapolis Maryland in 1723
- Leonard Slye (1912-1998), birth name of Roy Rogers, American singer and cowboy actor, namesake of the Roy Rogers Restaurants chain
- Damon Slye (b. 1962), American computer game designer, director, and programmer
- Maud Slye (1869-1954), American pathologist, recipient of the Gold Medal of the AMA, regarded as the inventor of genetically uniform mice as a research tool
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- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
- Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
- Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
- Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
- Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
- Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
- Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
- Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
The Slye Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Slye Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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