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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.

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The surname Spooner was 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.

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


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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.

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

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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.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Spooner Settlers in 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 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 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 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

Spooner Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Charles Spooner was foreman of a Grand Jury in Fortune Bay, Newfoundland in 1811
  • George Spooner settled in Brigus, Newfoundland in 1816

Spooner Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Louisa Spooner arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Anna Maria" in 1849
  • Phoebe Spooner arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Ramillies" in 1849
  • Charles Spooner, aged 26, a blacksmith, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Epaminondas"
  • James Spooner, aged 22, a bricklayer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle"

Spooner Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • J. Swinton Spooner landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842
  • J. S. Spooner arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Indus" in 1843
  • Edwin Spooner, aged 28, a smith, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rodney" in 1875
  • Ann Spooner, aged 27, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rodney" in 1875
  • Florence Spooner, aged 1, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rodney" in 1875


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  • L. R. Spooner, American politician, Member of South Dakota State Senate 21st District, 1889-90
  • John Coit Spooner (1843-1919), American Republican politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly, 1872; U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, 1885-91, 1897-1907
  • Henry Joshua Spooner (1839-1918), American Republican politician, Member of Rhode Island State House of Representatives; Speaker of the Rhode Island State House of Representatives, 1879-81
  • Ellsworth D. Spooner, American Republican politician, Supervisor of Waterford Township, Michigan; Elected 1904
  • Clapp Spooner, American politician, Mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut, 1863-64
  • Alden Spooner, American politician, Member of Massachusetts State House of Representatives from New Bedford; Elected 1801, 1806, 1808, 1809
  • Lewis C. Spooner (b. 1851), American Republican politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives, 1907-10, 1915-16; Candidate in primary for Governor of Minnesota, 1912
  • Paul Spooner (1746-1789), American politician, Justice of Vermont State Supreme Court, 1779-88; Lieutenant Governor of Vermont, 1782-87
  • Philip L. Spooner Jr. (1847-1918), American politician, Mayor of Madison, Wisconsin, 1880-81
  • Samuel B. Spooner, American Republican politician, Mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts, 1872-73

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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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