Slyne History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Slyne family

The surname Slyne was first found in Wales where Robert FitzStephen (d. 1183?), was "one of the original Norman conquerors of Ireland. He was the son of Stephen, constable of Aberteivi (Cardigan), and of Nesta, daughter of Rhys ab Tewdwr, king of South Wales. In 1157, Robert followed Henry II's expedition into North Wales, and narrowly escaped the ambush in which his half-brother, the king's son, was slain. His inheritance included Cardigan and Cemmes, and he became constable of Cardigan town in succession apparently to his father. In November 1166 he was betrayed by his own men into the hands of his cousin, Rhys ab Gruffydd, with whom he was then at war. In the spring of 1169 Fitzstephen, with his half-brother, Maurice Fitzgerald (d. 1176), landed in Ireland at Baganbun or Bannow, near Wexford. They were accompanied by thirty knights, sixty men-at-arms, and three hundred Welsh foot soldiers." [1]

William FitzStephen (d. 1190?), was the biographer of Becket, and styled himself the archbishop's 'concivis.' He was in the closest connection with Becket for ten years or more, as his 'clericus et convictor.' [1]

Early History of the Slyne family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Slyne research. Another 99 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1538, 1120, 1150, 1191 and 1172 are included under the topic Early Slyne History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Slyne Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Fitzstephen, Fitzsteven, Sleyne, Sliney, Sloyan, Sline and many more.

Early Notables of the Slyne family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Slyne family to Ireland

Some of the Slyne family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Slyne family

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Slyne name or one of its variants: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..

  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print on Facebook
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