The ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname Spearling came from the baptismal name for the son of Spirling,
which was an ancient Old English personal name
. After the Norman Conquest
, the Old English naming system gradually dissolved. Old English names became less common and were replaced by popular continental European names. The earliest surnames in England
were found shortly after the Norman Conquest
and are of Norman French rather than native English origins.
Early Origins of the Spearling family
The surname Spearling was first found in Hertfordshire
where they held a family seat
from ancient times, some say long before the Norman Conquest
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Spearling family
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Spearling Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Spearling has been recorded under many different variations, including Sparling, Sparlin, Sperling, Spurling, Spearling and others.
Early Notables of the Spearling family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Spearling family to Ireland
Some of the Spearling family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 53 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Spearling family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Spearling or a variant listed above: Thomas Sparlin settled in Barbados in 1635; Andreas Sperling settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1767; Peter Sperling, with his wife, three sons, and three daughters, landed in America in 1709.