Origin of the Name Sloan
The origin of the name Sloan
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Variants of Sloan include Sloane, Sloyan and Sloyne. This name in Irish is O'Sluaghain and the latter variants are the anglicized forms of this. This sept came from Ulster.
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.
We find references to the name from the year 1200 and by the seventeenth century it was one of the most numerous names in the Barony of Newry. In that century Alexander Sloane is returned as a Titulado in the Barony of Kinelarty and Sir Hans Sloane, 1660-1753, was born there. He was of Scottish descent but many centuries before this his family migrated from Ireland to Scotland and then back to Ulster. By the seventeenth century the name had spread to Armagh and in modern times to Belfast and Dublin City.
The Sloan 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 Sloan descendants.