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Slater Name Meaning

English:: from Middle English sclat(t)er an occupational name for someone who lays slates or sandstone flags on roofs or who manages a quarry from which slates or flagstones were excavated. See also Slate . occupational name for a butcher from Middle English sleght a variant of slaught ‘slaughter butchery’ (Old English -slæht ‘blow stroke’) + the agent suffix -ere. Middle English Sleyghtere has only been found in Essex and is formally related to the synonymous occupational name Slaughter . in Sussex and adjacent counties Slater and Slatter are probably post-medieval pronunciations of Slaughter ; there seems to be no medieval evidence in the southern coast counties for the occupational name Slater in 1 above.

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

Similar surnames: Slate, Plater, Stater, Sliter, Cater, Slatter, Slagter, Lacer, Laster

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Where is the Slater family from?

You can see how Slater families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Slater family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Slater families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 130 Slater families living in New York. This was about 32% of all the recorded Slater's in USA. New York had the highest population of Slater families in 1840.
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What did your Slater ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Slater. 16% of Slater men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Slater women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Slater were Truck Driver and Teacher. .

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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
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Maid
  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
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There are 47,000 military records available for the last name Slater. For the veterans among your Slater ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Slater lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Slater life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Slater in 1940 was 38, and 75 in 2004.

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