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Gender: Male Meaning of Slater: "maker of slates" Origin of Slater: English occupational name

The name Slater is a boy's name of English origin meaning "maker of slates". Slater and is often added to lists like Unique Boy Names: Unusual and Rare and discussed in our forums with posts like "Drop your least favorite (boys)".

From the experts:

Slater has a more genial, friendly feel than most trade names. Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance used it for one of their twins.

On the nineties TV show Saved by the Bell, the character A.C. Slater, played by Mario Lopez, was usually referred to by his surname. Christian Slater is a well-known real life bearer--though he was born Christian Hawkins.

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Famous People Named Slater

Slater Nelson Martin, American basketball player
Slater Koekkoek, Canadian ice hockey player
(Jan) Slater Lee Young, Filipino-Chinese actor and reality TV personality ("Big Brother Pinoy")
Slater Josiah Vance (b. 2006), son of actors Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance; twin of sister Bronwyn Golden
Christian Slater, American actor

Pop Culture References for the name Slater

A.C. Slater, character on TV's "Saved by the Bell," usually called Slater
Slater, character on animated series "Archer," voiced by Christian Slater


makanani3 Says:


I know someone who changed their name to Slater! I love it because it's so unique, I've NEVER heard about it before, not even on here.

silenceyoufear Says:


As someone who's name is Slater, I honestly don't think it's that bad of a name. Most people don't even know of the Slater bug anyways, so I've never had any negitive feedback about my name in association with that bug. Mostly everyone just says: "wish! Just like A.C. Slater from saved by the bell!" When I tell them my name.

Also as I have yet to meet another Slater, you don't ever have to worry about sharing a name with someone at school.

ChantilleElla Says:


A slater, where I live, is the name for a Woodlouse or Roly Poly bug. To me, naming a child Slater is like naming them Earwig. Not appealing.

Audrey328 Says:


Definitely makes me think of A.C. Slater from Saved By the Bell.