This surname of SLAMA is a Polish surname of obscure origin. It may have been a nickname for someone with straw-coloured hair, or perhaps an occupational name for a dealer in straw. It was also a German name which was applied to one who engaged in drinking and carousing; a gormandiser, a glutton. Other spellings of the name include SCHLEMMER, SCHLAMMER, SLOMSKI, SLOMINSKI, SLOMCZYNSKI and SLOMKOWSKI. 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. Surnames which were derived from ancient Germanic personal names have the same meaning in many languages. The court of Charlemagne (Charles the Great, king of the Franks (742-814) was Christian and Latin speaking). The vernacular was the Frankish dialect of Old High German, and the personal names in use were Germanic and vernacular. These names were adopted in many parts of northwest Europe, particularly among the noble ruling classes. Hereditary surnames were found in Germany in the second half of the 12th century - a little later than in England and France. It was about the 16th century that they became stabilized. A notable member of the name was Oskar SCHLEMMER (1888-1943) the German painter, sculptor, designer, dancer and theorist, born in Stuttgart. He was on the faculty of the Bauhaus from 1919 to 1933, where he developed his notions of theatre as a mix of colour, light, form, space and motion. He exerted a considerable, if indirect, impact on the creation and perception of dance in the 20th-century. The eagle depicted in the crest is emblematical of fortitude and magnanimity of mind. The Romans used the figure of an eagle for their ensign, and their example has been often followed. It is the device of Russia, Austria, Germany and the United States of America.
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