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The name Spennay came to England with the ancestors of the Spennay family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Spennay family lived in Warwickshire. Their name, however, is a reference to Epineville, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

Early Origins of the Spennay family


The surname Spennay was first found in Warwickshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. The Spineys were originally of Spine Villa or Epineville of Scine in Inf in the arrondisement of Yvetot, and held lands in Feltwell in Norfolk and Cloughton in Warwickshire.

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Early History of the Spennay family

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Early History of the Spennay family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spennay research.
Another 133 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1130, 1406, 1363, 1371, 1372, 1373, 1388, 1397, 1397, 1397 and 1402 are included under the topic Early Spennay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Spennay Spelling Variations

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Spennay Spelling Variations


Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Spiney, Spinney, Spine, Spines and others.

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Early Notables of the Spennay family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Spennay family (pre 1700)


Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William de Spynie (died 1406), Scottish prelate, canon of Moray by 1363 and Precentor (Chanter) of Aberdeen in 1371, exchanged the latter position with William Boyl for the Precentorship of Moray (1372-1373), became Dean of Aberdeen by 1388, possibly became Dean of Dunkeld...
Another 66 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Spennay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Migration of the Spennay family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Spennay family to the New World and Oceana


Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Spennay or a variant listed above: C. Spinney who arrived in New York in 1823; J. Spinney arrived in San Francisco in 1850; Thomas Spines settled in New England in 1767.

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