The ancestors of the Spenney family brought their name to England
in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in Warwickshire
. Their name, however, is a reference to Epineville, Normandy
, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
Early Origins of the Spenney family
The surname Spenney 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.
Early History of the Spenney family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spenney 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 Spenney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Spenney Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Spenney were recorded, including Spiney, Spinney, Spine, Spines and others.
Early Notables of the Spenney 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 Spenney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Spenney family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Spenney arrived in North America very early: C. Spinney who arrived in New York in 1823; J. Spinney arrived in San Francisco in 1850; Thomas Spines settled in New England