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The name Spilman arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Spilman family lived in Norfolk.

Spilman Early Origins



The surname Spilman 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.

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Spilman Spelling Variations


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

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Spilman Early History


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Spilman Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spilman 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 Spilman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Spilman Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Spilman Early Notables (pre 1700)



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 Spilman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Spilman In Ireland


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Spilman In Ireland



Some of the Spilman 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 Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Spilman or a variant listed above were:

Spilman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Hanna Spilman, who landed in Virginia in 1620
  • Thomas Spilman, who arrived in Jamestown, Va in 1624
  • John Spilman, who arrived in Virginia in 1662

Spilman Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Jos Spilman, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

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Contemporary Notables of the name Spilman (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Spilman (post 1700)



  • Jonathan Edwards Spilman (1812-1896), American lawyer, minister, and composer from Kentucky
  • William Harry Spilman (b. 1954), American retired Major League Baseball first baseman who played from 1978 to 1989
  • Louis Spilman, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1940
  • B. R. Spilman, American politician, Member of California State Assembly, 1858-59, 1867-69
  • Hendrik Spilman (1721-1784), Dutch painter and engraver

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

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    2. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    3. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    4. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
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    7. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    9. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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    The Spilman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Spilman 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.

    This page was last modified on 11 November 2015 at 11:56.

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