Sloan Coat of Arms
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Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Sloan Name
Origins of Name:
The surname of Sloan was found throughout the countries of both Scotland and Northern Ireland. The surname is said to be an Anglicized personal name from the old Gaelic personal name “Sluaghadhan” which meant that the bearer was a leader of military expedition. This Old Gaelic personal name was said to have derived from the word “sluaghadh” which translates to mean an “expedition” or a “raid.”
More common variations are:
Sloane, Slowan, Sloain, Sloyan, Sloano, Sloana, Sloann, Slaoan, Sloain, Sloean
The first recorded spelling of the surname of Sloan appeared in the year of 1015, and was recorded in the Annals of the Four Masters. This person was named as one Maelpatrick O’Sluaghadhaigh, and was also mentioned as being called O’Sluaghaidh. This document was decreed and ordered by one Malachy II, High King of Ireland, and who ruled from the year 1014 to the year 1019. In Ireland, this name appeared all throughout early history before the year 1200, but was not found often during the years 1200 to the year 1600. However, this surname became frequently used again in the 17th century. The 1659 Petty’s Census of all Ireland lists names that the surname of Sloan, as recorded at this time as Slowan, as one of the most popular and frequently found names in the barony of Newry, County Down.
The first recorded spelling of the surname of Sloan that appeared in the country of Scotland was in the year 1504. One person who bore the name of William Slowane, held a tenement near Dalkeith, Midlothian. Another recorded bearer of this surname of Sloan was one John Sloane, who was said to have had legal possession of a plot of land in the parish of Traquiar, Peebleshire in the year of 1565. Those who bear the surname of Sloan are often found in the counties of Ayrshire, Renfrewshire, and Lanarkshire, which are all in the southwest section of the country of Scotland.
In the country of England, the surname of Sloan can be found in various sections of the country, as well as over into the country of Wales. These areas with the highest concentrations of people who bear the surname of Sloan can be found in the counties of Lancashire, Durham, and Cumberland.
United States of America:
During the European Migration, which occurred in the beginning of the 17th century, people in European countries became disgruntled with the lives that they were leading in the land of their birth. Instead, they were determined to flee from their homeland, and settle in a new area. The United States of America, which at that time was referred to as The New World or The Colonies, was a land that was promising the many freedoms that these European citizens were seeking, such as religious freedom, and the ability to buy land, and the promise of better living conditions. Thus, the United States of America was a large choice for these disgruntled European citizens. The first person to bear the surname of Sloan in the New World was one Ann Sloan, who settled in the state of Maryland in the year 1722. Those who bear the surname of Sloan are found in the states of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, and Kentucky.
United States 50, 903
England 6, 238
Northern Ireland 2,540
South Africa 1,132
New Zealand 528
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Norman “Norm” Sloan (1926-2003) who was an American college basketball player and coach
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James Forman “Tod” Sloan (1874-1933) who was a thoroughbred horse racing jockey from America
John French Sloan (1871-1951) who was a member of the eight, and a painter from America
Major General John E Sloan, who was awarded the Croix de Gurre as the Commander in the 88th Infantry Division “Blue Devils” and was an American General
Brendan Sloan (1948-2016) who was a footballer who played for Down from the year 1967 to the year 1978 from Northern Ireland
David Sloan (1941-2016) who was a professional footballer from Northern Ireland
Sloan Coat of Arms Meaning
The two main devices (symbols) in the Sloan blazon are the lion and eagle. The two main tinctures (colors) are gules and argent.
The bold red colour on a heraldic shield is known as gules. It has a long history within heraldry, it is known that one of those who besieged the scottish castle of Carlaverock in 1300 was the French knight Euremions de la Brette who had as his arms a simple red shield.1The Siege of Carlaverock, N. Harris, Nichols & Son, London, 1828, P180. The word gules is thought to come from the Arabic gule, or “red rose” 2Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 313. Later writers associated it with the precious stone ruby and the metal iron 3Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53, perhaps because of the red glow of iron in the heat of the blacksmith’s forge.
Argent is the heraldic metal Silver and is usually shown as very pure white. It is also known more poetically as pearl, moon (or luna) 4Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 5A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11.
The art of heraldry would be significantly poorer if we were without the lion in all its forms. Most general works on Heraldry devote at least one chapter solely to this magnificent creature and its multifarious depictions 6A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P172 7Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 63 8Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P140. Some of the earliest known examples of heraldry, dating right back to the knighting of Geoffrey of Anjou in 1127, where he is shown with six such beasts upon his shield 9A Treatise on Heraldry, J. Woodward, W & A.K Johnston, Edinburgh & London, 1896, P45 .The great authority on heraldic symbology, Wade, points out the high place that the lion holds in heraldry, “as the emblem of deathless courage” 10The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P60, a sentiment echoed equally today.
Where the lion is undisputed king of the animals, the eagle undoubtedly plays the same role in the realm of the birds, its use in this form dating back to at least the Roman period 11A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Eagle. They tend to be illustrated in quite some detail, especially in continental European arms, and have almost as wide variety of postures and accessories as the lion, well illustrated in the reference 12A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P235-238 as well as being just the eagle’s head or eagle’s leg. The symbology of the eagle is deep and complex, Wade devotes several pages to the subject 13The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P72-74, but suffice it say that it has long been associated with Empire and those held in high honour – any armiger would be pleased to have any form of Eagle upon their arms!