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Spillane is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Spillane family lived in Norfolk.

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The surname Spillane was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say after the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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 Spillane were recorded, including Speelman, Spellman, Spelman, Spilman, Spillman, Spillane, O'Spillane, Spilane, Spallon and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spillane research. Another 199 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1214, 1626, 1588, 1606, 1663, 1645, 1648 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Spillane History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Henry Spelman; Sir John Spilman (also spelt Spielman) (died 1626) German-born entrepreneur who founded the first commercially successful paper-mill in Kent, England in...

Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Spillane Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Spillane family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 71 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 Spillane arrived in North America very early:

Spillane Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Elizabeth Spillane settled in Pennsylvania in 1773

Spillane Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Ellen and Joan Spillane settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1847 and 1849 respectively
  • Daniel Spillane, aged 21, arrived in New York, NY in 1848
  • Mary Spillane settled in New York in 1853

Spillane Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Peggy Spillane, aged 27, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Charity" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • James Spillane, aged 5, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Charity" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • William Spillane, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Maria" from Cork, Ireland
  • Patrick Spillane, aged 40, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Charlotte" from Cork, Ireland
  • Michael Spillane, aged 36, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Charlotte" from Cork, Ireland
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Spillane Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Spillane, aged 23, a farm labourer, arrived in Westland aboard the ship "Jubilee" in 1873
  • Ellen Spillane, aged 19, a servant, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Queen of the North" in 1874
  • Bridget Spillane, aged 18, a housemaid, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Camperdown" in 1876
  • Margaret Spillane, aged 33, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1878
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  • Frank Morrison "Mickey" Spillane (1918-2006), American author of crime novels responsible for seven of the top fifteen all-time best-selling fiction titles in the U.S
  • Johnny Spillane (b. 1980), American Olympic Nordic combined skier
  • Vera L. Spillane, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly 44th District, 1966
  • Joseph J. Spillane, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Ontario County, 1934, 1935
  • Janet McGrail Spillane, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1996
  • Edward W. Spillane, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Albany County 3rd District, 1940, 1942
  • Tom Spillane (b. 1962), Gaelic footballer from Ireland
  • Pat Spillane (b. 1955), Irish Gaelic footballer
  • Michael Spillane (b. 1989), Irish soccer player
  • Marni Spillane (b. 1987), Australian actress
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    1. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    3. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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    6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    8. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    9. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    10. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
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