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Early Origins of the Slye family

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. [1]

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. " [2] The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 include: Ralph Sly in Hertfordshire; John Sley in Cambridgeshire; and John le Slege in Oxfordshire. [3]

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." [4]

Early History of the Slye family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Slye research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1271, 1275, 1317, 1574, 1674, 1679 and 1756 are included under the topic Early Slye History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Slye Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Sleigh, Sleach, Sleich, Sleech, Sliach, Sleath, Sleith, Sleth, Sleight, Sley, Slie and many more.

Early Notables of the Slye family

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Slye Ranking

In the United States, the name Slye is the 15,661st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [5]

Ireland Migration of the Slye family to Ireland

Some of the Slye 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 Slye migration to the United States +

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 [6]
  • Robert Slye, who arrived in Maryland in 1658 [6]
Slye Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Slye, who settled in Annapolis Maryland in 1723

West Indies Slye migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [7]
Slye Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • John Slye, who settled in Barbados in 1680 with his servants

Contemporary Notables of the name Slye (post 1700) +

  • 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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  2. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  5. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  6. 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)
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