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Sleap Coat of Arms / Sleap Family Crest

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SLEAP was a locational name 'of Sleep' a hamlet in the parish of St. Peter, near St.Albans, County Hereford. There is also another locality 'Sleap' a township in the parish of Wem, County Salop from where the orginal bearer may have derived his name. The name was brought into England during the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066. Surnames before the Norman Conquest of 1066 were rare in England having been brought by the Normans when William the Conqueror invaded the shores. The practice spread to Scotland and Ireland by the 12th century, and in Wales they appeared as late as the 16th century. Most surnames can be traced to one of four sources, locational, from the occupation of the original bearer, nicknames or simply font names based on the first name of the parent being given as the second name to their child. The earliest record of the name mentions one Coc de Slepe who was recorded in County Salop in the year 1273 and Edward Sleepe of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Edwin Slepe appears in County Lancashire in the year 1400. Later instances of the name include Thomas Sleepe who married Jone Lee at St. Peter, Cornhill, London in 1600. John Sleep married Parnell Buckingham, St. George's Chapel, Mayfair, London in 1729. Charles Burney and Esther Sleep were married at the same church in the year 1749. The associated coat of arms is recorded in Rietstaps Armorial General. Registered in Holland. During the 17th century surnames were brought to Britain, North America and southern Africa by French Huguenot exiles. The Huguenots were French Protestants, and in 1572 large numbers of them were massacred in Paris on the orders of Queen Catherine de'Medici. Many of the survivors sought refuge in England and elsewhere. Although the Edict of Nantes (1598) officially guaranteed religious toleration, persecution continued, and the Edict was revoked by Louis XIV in 1685. It was then the trickle of emigration became a flood. Many migrated to England, while others joined groups of Dutch Protestants settling around the Cape of Good Hope. Others sailed across the Atlantic to establish themselves in North America.

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