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Where did the Scottish Spittal family come from? What is the Scottish Spittal family crest and coat of arms? When did the Spittal family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Spittal family history?

The surname Spittal is an occupational name for someone who was employed in a lodging house, derived from the Middle English word "spital" which is the same root of the more modern word "hospital."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Spittal, Spittel, Spittle and others.

First found in Dumbartonshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, at Spittal in the parish of Kilmaron. Spittal is also said to be a kind of shelter built along roads in 16th and 17th century Scotland.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spittal research. Another 153 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1365, 1394, 1395, 1423, and 1689 are included under the topic Early Spittal History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Spittal Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Spittal Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Joseph Spittal, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765

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  • Charles Spittal, American politician, governor of Virginia (1982-1986) and US Senator from Virginia (1989-2001)


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The Spittal Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Spittal Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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