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

The Spooner surname is generally thought to have derived from the Middle English word "spoon," which was a "chip," or "splinter" of wood; and as such, was an occupational name for someone who made wooden roof shingles. It was on after the 14th century, under Scandinavian influence, that the word spoon, began to acquire its modern usage as an eating utensil, but it is certainly possible that the surname may also have been taken on occupationally by someone who made spoons.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Spooner, Spouner, Sponer and others.

First found in Warwickshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, as Lords of the manor, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D. Other early records include Roger Lesponere, in the Pipe Rolls of Yorkshire in 1179, and a Thomas, Robert le Sponere in the Assize Rolls of Lincolnshire in 1221.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spooner research. Another 181 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 158 and 1589 are included under the topic Early Spooner History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the Spooner family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 43 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Spooner Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas and William Spooner who settled in Plymouth Massachusetts in 1623
  • Thomas Spooner, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1638
  • Ales Spooner, who landed in Maryland in 1649
  • Wm Spooner, who landed in Virginia in 1650
  • Alice Spooner, who landed in Maryland in 1659

Spooner Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Henry Spooner, who landed in Virginia in 1713
  • John Spooner arrived in Jamaica in 1722
  • Michael Spooner arrived in Philadelphia in 1727
  • William Spooner settled in Boston in 1766
  • John Spooner, who landed in America in 1782

Spooner Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Hugh Spooner, who arrived in New York, NY in 1827
  • E A Spooner, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Peter Spooner, who landed in America in 1878

Spooner Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Frank Spooner, who arrived in Arkansas in 1906
  • Alex Spooner, who arrived in Arkansas in 1906
  • Mike, Spooner Jr., who landed in Arkansas in 1906


  • Lysander Spooner (1808-1887), American individualist anarchist, political philosopher, abolitionist, and legal theorist
  • David M Spooner, American Assistant Secretary for Import Administration
  • Henry Joshua Spooner (1839-1918), American politician, U.S. Representative from Rhode Island
  • William "Sputnik" Spooner (b. 1949), American musician, guitarist, songwriter and the founder of The Tubes, rock band
  • Lloyd Spencer Spooner (1884-1966), American sports shooter, 1920 Olympic Champion
  • William Archibald Spooner (1844-1930), English Anglican priest and Oxford professor, eponym of the mixed up speech known as a spoonerism
  • Catherine Spooner, British Lecturer in English Literature at Bowland College, Lancaster University
  • Rear-Admiral Ernest John Spooner (1887-1942), English Royal Navy officer
  • Reginald Herbert Spooner (1880-1961), English cricketer, who also played Rugby Union for England
  • Sir William Henry Spooner (1897-1966), Australian politician



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The Spooner Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Spooner 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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