Spicer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Spicer was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Spicer is for a grocer which was in turn derived from the Old French word espice, of the same meaning.

Early Origins of the Spicer family

The surname Spicer was first found in Devon 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. Conjecturally the Spicers were under tenants of the Count of Mortain.

Important Dates for the Spicer family

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Spicer 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 Spicer were recorded, including Spicer, Spicers, Spice and others.

Early Notables of the Spicer family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Spicer family to Ireland

Some of the Spicer family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Spicer migration to the United States

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, Australia, 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 Spicer arrived in North America very early:

Spicer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Gregory Spicer who settled in Virginia in 1618
  • Gregory Spicer, who arrived in Virginia in 1618 [1]
  • Henry Spicer, aged 28, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • Edward, William, Richard and Henry Spicer who, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Ann Spicer, aged 26, who landed in Barbados in 1635 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Spicer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Spicer, who settled in Silly Cove in 1825

Spicer migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Spicer Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Francis Spicer U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 216 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York, USA [2]
  • Miss. Mary Spicer U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. Robert Spicer U.E. who settled in Spencer's Island, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. Thomas Spicer U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. William Spicer U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Spicer Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Spicer, who settled in Greenspond, Newfoundland in 1820 [3]
  • Helen Spicer from County Waterford, Ireland settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1825 [3]

Spicer migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Spicer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Spicer, English convict from Gloucester, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Edward Spicer a shepherd, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Winchester" in 1838 [5]
  • William Clarke Spicer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Recovery" in 1839 [6]
  • Mary Spicer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Recovery" in 1839 [6]
  • Henry Spicer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Recovery" in 1839 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Spicer migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Spicer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Spicer, who landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836
  • T Spicer, who landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1838
  • Miss Jane Spicer, (b. 1841), aged , British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 24th May 1841 [7]
  • Mr. Richard Spicer, (b. 1841), aged , British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 24th May 1841 [7]
  • James Spicer, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Spicer (post 1700)

  • Sean Michael Spicer (b. 1971), American political strategist, 30th White House Press Secretary (2017), Chief Strategist for Republican National Committee (2015-2017)
  • Kimberly Spicer (b. 1980), American actress and model
  • Ishmail Spicer (1760-1832), American composer
  • Gunner's Mate First Class William Spicer (1864-1949), United States Navy sailor awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery during the Spanish-American War
  • Jack Spicer (1925-1965), American poet
  • J. M. Spicer, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1888 [8]
  • Henry Spicer, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Jefferson County 2nd District, 1877 [8]
  • George W. Spicer, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Saybrook, 1908 [8]
  • George W. Spicer, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Ledyard, 1891-94 [8]
  • Edward E. Spicer, American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Groton, 1905-06, 1911-12; Defeated, 1906; Warden (Borough President) of Groton, Connecticut, 1909 [8]
  • ... (Another 23 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Spicer family

Halifax Explosion
  • Mrs. Blanch  Spicer (1896-1917), Canadian resident from East Advocate, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the explosion but later died due to injuries [9]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Hugh Hunter Spicer (1920-1939), British Marine with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [10]

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1829 with 176 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1829
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WINCHESTER 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Winchester.htm
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RECOVERY from London 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Recovery.htm
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  10. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
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