The name Speerling has a rich and ancient history. It is an Anglo-Saxon
name that was originally derived 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 Speerling family
The surname Speerling 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 Speerling family
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Speerling Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Speerling include Sparling, Sparlin, Sperling, Spurling, Spearling and others.
Early Notables of the Speerling family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Speerling family to Ireland
Some of the Speerling 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 Speerling family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: 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.