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The roots of the German surname Spielmann lie in the kingdom of Bavaria, where the name originated. Spielmann 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.
The surname Spielmann 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.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Spielmann, Spielman, Spellman, Spelmann, Spellmann, Speilman, Speillmann, Spillman, Spillmann, Spilman and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spielmann research. Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1786, 1790, 1626, 1588, 1722 and 1783 are included under the topic Early Spielmann History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Prominent among members of the name Spielmann 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 Spielmann Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Spielmann Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Spielmann Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
The Spielmann Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Spielmann 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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