The ancestors of the Speelham family brought their name to England
in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in Norfolk.
Early Origins of the Speelham family
The surname Speelham was first found in Norfolk
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say after the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Speelham family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Speelham research.Another 216 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1214, 1626, 1588, 1606, 1663, 1645, 1648 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Speelham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Speelham Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Speelman, Spellman, Spelman, Spilman, Spillman, Spillane, O'Spillane, Spilane, Spallon, Spollin, Splaine and many more.
Early Notables of the Speelham family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Henry Spelman; Sir John Spilman (also spelt Spielman) (died 1626) German-born entrepreneur who founded the first commercially successful paper-mill in Kent
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Migration of the Speelham family to Ireland
Some of the Speelham family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Speelham family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Speelham or a variant listed above: James, John, Michael, Robert, Spellman who all settled in Philadelphia between 1844 to 1851; Elizabeth Spillane settled in Pennsylvania in 1773; Ellen and Joan Spillane settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1847 and 1849 respectively.