The roots of the German surname Spelmann lie in the kingdom of Bavaria
, where the name originated. Spelmann is an occupational
name, deriving from the Middle High German verb "spillen," meaning "to play, jest, sport." Thus, it is likely that the name was originally borne by an actor or a jester.
Early Origins of the Spelmann family
The surname Spelmann was first found in the city of Offenburg, in modern Baden-Wuerttemburg, where the name Spielman could be considered to make a great early contribution to the feudal
society which became the backbone of early development of Europe. The name Spielmann became prominent in local
affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts, each group seeking power and status in a constantly changing territorial profile.
Early History of the Spelmann family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spelmann research.Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1786, 1790, 1626, 1588, 1722 and 1783 are included under the topic Early Spelmann History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Spelmann Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Spielmann, Spielman, Spellman, Spelmann, Spellmann, Speilman, Speillmann, Spillman, Spillmann, Spilman and many more.
Early Notables of the Spelmann family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the name Spelmann in this period include Sir John Spilman (also spelt Spielman) (died 1626) German-born entrepreneur who founded the first commercially successful paper-mill in... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Spelmann Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Spelmann family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Gadalia Spellman, who settled in San Francisco in 1860; Leonhard Spielmann, who came to Pennsylvania in 1773; Johannes Spielmann and his wife Maria, arrived in Virginia in 1714.