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Slaton Coat of Arms / Slaton Family Crest

Slaton Coat of Arms / Slaton Family Crest

The surname of SLATON was a Russian and Ashkenazic Jewish baptismal name, originally derived from the Jewish female given name ZLATON (Golden). The name is cognate with the Russian ZOLOTOTATOV. The name is also spelt SLATIN, ZLATIN, STATKIN, ZOLOTILOV, ZLATKES and ZLATKIS. Grigorii Tikhanov ZOLOTILOV was granted a fiefdom by Tsar Aleksai Mikhailovich in 1654. Many others of this family served the Throne in noble positions and were granted fiefdoms. Russian surnames are almost exclusively patronymic (occasionally metronymic) in form, usually ending in 'ov' or 'ev'. Habitation and topographic names are rare, and many common Russian surnames are polygenetic, and their literal meaning is clear, even though the reason for their adoption may not be. When traditional Jews were forced to take family names by the local bureaucracy, it was an obligation imposed from outside traditional society, and people often took the names playfully and let their imaginations run wild by choosing names which corresponded to nothing real in their world. No one alive today can remember the times when Jews took or were given family names (for most Ashkenazim this was the end of the 18th century or the beginning of the 19th) although many remember names being changed after emigration to other countries, such as the United States and Israel in recent years. Another notable member of the name was Baron Rudolf Carl von SLATIN (1857-1932) the Austrian soldier in the British service, born near Vienna. In 1878 he took service under General Gordon in the Sudan. He was Governor of Darfur (1881). He wrote a vivid description of his experiences 'Fire and Sword in the Soudan' (1896). He was inspector-general of the Sudan from 1900 to 1914; and in World War II president of the Austrian Red Cross. Heraldry appeared later in Russia than in most other Western European countries. It is generally agreed that it was copied from the west sometime in the late 17th century, and quickly achieved state significance. In 1722 Emperor Peter I (The Great) established an official Heraldry Office headed by a Master of Heraldry under the jurisdiction of the Senate.

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