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Slack Name Meaning

English and Dutch: nickname for an idle person from Middle Dutch slac Middle English slak ‘lazy careless slow’ (Old English slæc). English: from Middle English slak ‘small shallow valley hollow in the ground’ (Old Norse slakki). The surname may be topographic for someone who lived in or by a shallow valley or hollow or habitational for someone from any of numerous minor places so named principally in Derbyshire Yorkshire and Lancashire. Americanized form of Slovenian Slak 1 and perhaps also of Czech Šlak (see Slak ). Americanized form of Czech Slach: from the personal name Slach a pet form of names beginning with Sla- e.g. Slavomír.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Black, Clack, Sack, Stock, Flack, Stack, Place, Spack, Jack, Plack

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Where is the Slack family from?

You can see how Slack families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Slack family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Slack families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 46 Slack families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 16% of all the recorded Slack's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Slack families in 1840.
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What did your Slack ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Slack. 15% of Slack men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Slack women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Slack were Clerk and Housekeeper. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
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There are 17,000 military records available for the last name Slack. For the veterans among your Slack ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Slack lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Slack life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Slack in 1941 was 31, and 74 in 2004.

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