The surname of SLABAUGH is a Polish nickname for a weak and feeble individual. The name was derived from the Polish word SLABY (weak). Other spellings of the name include SLWARSKI and SLABIAK. The earliest Polish surnames were patronymic. The personal names from which they were derived were mainly Slavonic, but as the Middle Ages progressed, traditional Slavic given names, began to give way to saint's names, mainly of Latin origin. Surnames derived from Slavonic personal names are of early origin, and tend to be borne by aristocratic families. Many Polish people acquired their surnames by reason of former residence in a town or village. There are nearly 600 families bearing the arms of a horseshoe enclosing a cross. Some names were changed by immigrants whilst on the boat heading for America and Australia. These transformations were usually to names thought by the immigrants to be more respected in their native land than the one he bore. Many Poles added 'ski' to their names to attain a higher social status since such names were accorded more respect from people of Polish extraction. Thus a larger proportion of Polish names carried this termination in America and Australia than in Poland.
The arms depicted here are the arms of Poland. From the beginning of the 13th century, the premier emblem associated with Poland had been the White Eagle. Its colour and that of the red shield on which it appears have formed the basis for most Polish flags. Over the centuries many variations of both arms and flags have been displayed by Polish ships, military forces and rulers. In the 19th century, when Poland struggled to free itself from foreign domination and to unite the country, the White Eagle and variants of the bicolour based on it were rallying symbols for Polish patriots.
ARMS - Gules an eagle displayed argent beaked or
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