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The name Spellman was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Spellman family lived in Norfolk.

Spellman Early Origins



The surname Spellman 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.

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Spellman Spelling Variations


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Spellman Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Spellman has been recorded under many different variations, including Speelman, Spellman, Spelman, Spilman, Spillman, Spillane, O'Spillane, Spilane, Spallon and many more.

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Spellman Early History


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Spellman Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spellman research. Another 199 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1214, 1626, 1588, 1606, 1663, 1645, 1648 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Spellman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Spellman Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Spellman Early Notables (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, England in...

Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Spellman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Spellman In Ireland


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Spellman In Ireland



Some of the Spellman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 71 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Spellmans were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Spellman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Conrad Spellman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • Johan Peter Spellman, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753

Spellman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Michael Spellman, who landed in Maryland in 1840
  • James, John, Michael, and Robert Spellman who all settled in Philadelphia between 1844 to 1851
  • Mary Spellman, aged 19, arrived in New York, NY in 1850
  • John Spellman, aged 30, landed in New York in 1854
  • Gadalia Spellman, who settled in San Francisco in 1860
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Spellman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Bernard Spellman, aged 19, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hudson" in 1879
  • Catherine Spellman, aged 21, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hudson" in 1879

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Contemporary Notables of the name Spellman (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Spellman (post 1700)



  • Alfred B. Spellman (b. 1935), African-American poet, music critic, music historian, arts administrator, and author
  • Jim Spellman (b. 1968), American journalist and musician
  • John Franklin "Jack" Spellman (b. 1899), American NFL football offensive lineman from Middletown, Connecticut
  • Alyssa Spellman, American model, Miss New Hampshire 2004
  • Michael Spellman (b. 1978), American film, television and stage actor, known for his work on Seven Pounds (2008) and Charlie Wilson's War (2007)
  • Leora Spellman (1890-1945), born Leora Theresa Spellmyer, an American vaudeville performer and stage and film actor
  • Benny Spellman (1931-2011), American rhythm and blues singer, best known for his 1962 hit "Lipstick Traces"
  • Frank Isaac Spellman (b. 1922), American two-time gold medalist weightlifter
  • Alonzo Robert Spellman (b. 1971), former American NFL football defensive lineman
  • John Spellman (1899-1966), American gold medalist wrestler at the 1924 Olympic Games
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Spellman


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Suggested Readings for the name Spellman



  • The Spillman Family of Lawrence Co., Ky by Lennie M. Carter.

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    3. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    6. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    9. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
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    The Spellman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Spellman 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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