The history of the Spinay family name begins after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in Warwickshire
. Their name, however, is a reference to Epineville, Normandy
, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
Early Origins of the Spinay family
The surname Spinay was first found in Warwickshire
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. The Spineys were originally of Spine Villa or Epineville of Scine in Inf in the arrondisement of Yvetot, and held lands in Feltwell in Norfolk
and Cloughton in Warwickshire.
Early History of the Spinay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spinay research.Another 133 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1130, 1406, 1363, 1371, 1372, 1373, 1388, 1397, 1397, 1397 and 1402 are included under the topic Early Spinay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Spinay 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 Spiney, Spinney, Spine, Spines and others.
Early Notables of the Spinay family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William de Spynie (died 1406), Scottish prelate, canon of Moray by 1363 and Precentor (Chanter) of Aberdeen in 1371, exchanged the latter position with William Boyl for the Precentorship of Moray (1372-1373), became Dean of Aberdeen by 1388, possibly became Dean of Dunkeld... Another 66 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Spinay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Spinay family to the New World and Oceana
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 Spinay or a variant listed above were: C. Spinney who arrived in New York in 1823; J. Spinney arrived in San Francisco in 1850; Thomas Spines settled in New England