Origin of the Name Slattery
The ancient history of the name Slattery
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Variants of the Irish name Slattery include O'Slattery and Slatterie. This name is derived from the Gaelic O'Slatara sept, whose name translates as 'robust' or 'strong'. The territory of this Dalcassian sept was Ballyslattery near Tulla in County Clare.
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. Irish septs and clans that are related often belong to even larger groups, sometimes called tribes.
It is in east Clare that the name was and continues to be most prominent although it can also be found in the adjoining Counties of Limerick and Tipperary. In the mediaeval period the O'Slatterys were supporters of the MacNamaras in the Thomond wars, particularly in the famous 'Battle of the Abbey' in the year 1317. A most distinguished member of the sept was Doctor Michael Slattery, 1782-1857, who was a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin.
The Slattery coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Slattery descendants.