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First notation: 1654 W polu błękitnem na trzech pagórkach zielonych – słoń czarny albo srebrny. Nad hełmem w koronie – trzy pióra strusie. Labry błękitne podbite srebrem.

Origin, Meaning, Family History and Slon Coat of Arms and Family Crest

Origins of Slon:
In the Scottish/English Borderlands, the Strathclyde Britons were the first to use the name Slon.  It acquired from the Gaelic-specific name SIuaghadha’n.  Slon is a patronymic surname, which relates to the category of hereditary surnames.  The surname Slon acquired from the given name Sluaghadha’n, which acquired from the Gaelic word, sIuaghadh, and meant raid.  In old times, spelling and translation were not nearly so highly promoted as today.  They were generally carried out according to the sound and intuition of the bearer.  For that reason, spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names.  Slon has been spelt Sloan, Sloane, Slowan and much more.

Variations:
More common variations are: Sloan, Slone, Slown, Sleon, Sloin, Sloon, Slou, Slaon, Sloni, Slohn.

Scotland:
The surname Slon first appeared in Kirkcudbrightshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Chille Chuithbheirt), part of the present day Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway, earlier division in Southwestern Scotland, where they held a family seat.  Johnn Slowane of Garoche was a juror on assize at Kirkcudbright in 1508.  Other early recordings include a William Slowane, who held a tenement near Dalkeith, in Midlothian in 1504.  The name also existed in Ireland since at least the 15th Century, when holders of Sloane moved to eastern Ulster, in Armagh and Down. However, there is some discussion that the name also has native Irish roots, and had existed in Ireland before this movement.

United States of America:
In the 20th century, Strathclyde and other Scottish families across North America started to recover their collective right through highland games and Clan societies. Among them is Ann Sloan who settled in Maryland in the year 1722.  James Sloan settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in the year 1772.  Mrs Sloan settled in Savannah, Georgia in the year 1823.

Slon Coat of Arms Meaning

The main device (symbol) in the Slon blazon is the elephant. The three main tinctures (colors) are azure, or and vert .

The bright, strong blue color in Heraldry is known in English as azure, and similarly in other European languages – azul in Spanish, azurro in Italian and azur in French. The word has its roots in the Arabic word lazura, also the source of the name of the precious stone lapis lazuli 1A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Azure. Despite this, those heralds who liked to associate colours with jewels chose instead to describe blue as Sapphire. According to Wade, the use of this colour symbolises “Loyalty and Truth” 2The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36.

Or is the heraldic metal Gold, often shown as a bold, bright yellow colour. It is said to show “Generosity and elevation of the mind” 3The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P35. Later heralds, of a more poetic nature liked to refer to it as Topaz, after the gemstone, and, for obvious reasons associated it with the Sun 4Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. In drawings without colour it is usually represented by many small dots, or by the letter ‘O’ 5A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P76-77.

The deep green colour that is so often observed in heraldry is more properly known as vert. According to Wade, the use of this colour signifies “Hope and Joy”, but may also represent, rather delightfully, “Loyalty in Love” 6The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36. It has other names also, the French call it sinople, perhaps after a town in Asia Minor from where the best green die materials could be found 7A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Vert. More fanciful heralds liked to associate it with the planet venus and the precious stone emerald 8Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27. More strangely, there is some evidence that the term prasin was anciently used, being the Greek for the vegetable we call the Leek!

The Elephant is not common on shields, although it occurs sometimes as a supporter of the shield and its trunk or proboscide is very frequently to be found in crests. 9A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Elephant In meaning, it tends to adopt its more common usage and is said to represent someone who is both “sagacious and courageous”. 10The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P64

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References   [ + ]

1. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Azure
2. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
3. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P35
4. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
5. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P76-77
6. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
7. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Vert
8. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27
9. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Elephant
10. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P64