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This surname SLACK was a locational name 'the dweller at the slack' a place where the road became less sleep, a gap in the hills. Habitation names are derived from names denoting towns, villages, farmsteads or other named places, which include rivers, houses with signs on them, regions, or whole counties. The original bearer of the name who stayed in his area might be known by the name of his farm, or the locality in the parish; someone who moved to another town might be known by the name of his village; while someone who moved to another county could acquire the name of that county or the region from which he originated. Early records of the name mention Gerebod le Slac, 1195, London. Johannes de Slake of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Thomas Slack and Elizabeth Slegge were married at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in the year 1579. Buried. John Slake (rogue) at St. Peter, Cornhill, London in the year 1578. The name was taken early to Scotland by settlers, and Slake or Slack in the parish of Roberton, Roxburghshire, is where some of the original bearers of the name may have come. Edward del Slake who was recorded in Roxburgh in the year 1389, appears to be the first of the name on record in Scotland and Thomas Slak appears in Glasgow in the year 1400. The surname of SMITH was an English occupational name for a worker in metal. The name was originally rendered in the Old English form SMID (to strike). Metal working was one of the earliest occupations for which specialist skills were required, and it is perhaps the most widespread of all occupations. Medieval smiths were important not only in making horseshoes, ploughshares, and other domestic articles, but above all for their skill in forging swords, other weapons and armour. The name is most common in the Aberdeenshire area, and also throughout the Midlands and in East Anglia. The name has numerous variant spellings which include SMITH, SMYTH, SMITHER, SMED, SMDITZ, SMIDMAN, SMUTS, SMUTHER and SMITHSON, to name but a few. Early records of the name mention Ecceard Smid, documented in the year 975. Alfword de Smith was recorded in County Somerset in the year 1100. Robert Smythyman appears in a charter in Somerset in the year 1200. Philip le Smethe, 1273 County Huntingdonshire. Marry de Smethard was recorded in 1285 in County Lancashire. Johannes Tagge Smyght, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379.

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