Spies History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Spies came to England with the ancestors of the Spies family in the Norman Conquest in 1066. The surname Spies is for a grocer which was in turn derived from the Old French word espice, of the same meaning.

Early Origins of the Spies family

The surname Spies 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.

Early History of the Spies family

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Spies Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Spicer, Spicers, Spice and others.

Early Notables of the Spies family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Spies family to Ireland

Some of the Spies 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.


United States Spies migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Spies or a variant listed above were:

Spies Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Peter Spies, who landed in New York in 1709-1710 [1]
  • Werner Spies, who landed in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Ulrich Spies, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1734 [1]
  • Johann Jacob Spies, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1734 [1]
  • Thebus Spies, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1748 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Spies Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jacob Spies, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803 [1]
  • P Spies, aged 49, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1804 [1]
  • Siegmund Spies, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1851 [1]
  • Philipp Spies, aged 36, who landed in New York in 1854 [1]
  • Jak Wilh Spies, who arrived in America in 1854 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Spies (post 1700) +

  • Tom Spies, American Democrat politician, Democratic-Farmer-Labor Candidate for Minnesota State House of Representatives District 40-B, 1994 [2]
  • James A. Spies, American politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Menominee County; Defeated, 1930; Elected 1940; Defeated, 1942; Mayor of Menominee, Michigan, 1955-56 [2]
  • George Spies Jr., American politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Bristol, 1912 [2]
  • Frank S. Spies, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan, 1974-77 [2]
  • Augustus Spies, American Republican politician, Mayor of Menominee, Michigan; Elected 1906, 1908 [2]


  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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