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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.
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.
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
Another 109 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Spillane Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
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
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, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Charity" from Kinsale
- James Spillane, aged 5, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Charity" from Kinsale
- William Spillane, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Maria" from Cork
- Patrick Spillane, aged 40, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Charlotte" from Cork
- Michael Spillane, aged 36, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Charlotte" from Cork
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
- 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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- Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
- Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
- Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
- Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
- Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
- Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
- Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
The Spillane Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Spillane 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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