Origins Available: Dutch
Speelman is a name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Speelman family lived in Norfolk.
Early Origins of the Speelman family
The surname Speelman 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 Speelman family
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Speelman Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Speelman, Spellman, Spelman, Spilman, Spillman, Spillane, O'Spillane, Spilane, Spallon, Spollin, Splaine and many more.
Early Notables of the Speelman 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 Speelman family to Ireland
Some of the Speelman family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 104 words (7 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 Speelman family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Speelman or a variant listed above were:
Speelman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Conrad Speelman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753
- John Peter Speelman, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1753
- John Speelman, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1777
Speelman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Dingeman Speelman, who settled in Indiana in 1846
- Grietje Speelman, who settled in America in 1857
- Antonie Speelman, who settled in America in 1870
Contemporary Notables of the name Speelman (post 1700)
- Jennifer Speelman Ph.D., who specialist in U.S. military and maritime history
- Jonathan Simon Speelman (b. 1956), winner of the British Chess Championship in 1978, 1985 and 1986