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The earliest origins of the Spink surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name reveals that an early member was a person who because his physical characteristics was referred to as the spink, which literally means the finch. Often nicknames described strong traits or attributes that people wished to emulate in a specific animal. In the pre-Christian era, many pagan gods and demigods were believed to be a mixture of animals and humans, such as the Greek god Pan who was the god of flocks and herds and was represented as a man with the legs, horns and ears of a goat. In the Middle Ages, anthropomorphic ideas, which attributed human qualities and form to gods or animals, were held about the characters of other living creatures. They were based on the creature's habits. Moreover, these associations were reflected in folk tales, mythology, and legends which portrayed animals behaving as humans.

Spink Early Origins



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

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Spink Spelling Variations


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Spink Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Spink are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Spink include: Spink, Spinks, Spinkes, Spink and others.

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Spink Early History


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Spink Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spink research. Another 334 words (24 lines of text) covering the year 1261 is included under the topic Early Spink History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Spink Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Spink Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Spink Notables 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



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Spink or a variant listed above:

Spink Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Spink, who arrived in Maryland in 1641
  • Margaret Spink, who landed in Maryland in 1667
  • Thom Spink, who arrived in Maryland in 1667

Spink Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Spink settled in Bristol, Rhode Island in 1823
  • George Spink, who arrived in New York in 1824
  • A Spink, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Spink Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Spink arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1846

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Contemporary Notables of the name Spink (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Spink (post 1700)



  • Solomon Lewis Spink (1831-1881), American lawyer who served as a delegate for the Dakota Territory
  • Alfred H. Spink (1854-1928), Canadian-born, American baseball writer and club organizer
  • Walter E. Spink, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Rhode Island, 1900
  • Thomas D. Spink, American Republican politician, Republican Candidate for U.S. Senator from Texas, 1993, 1994 (primary)
  • Solomon Lewis Spink (1831-1881), American politician, Member of Illinois State House of Representatives, 1864; Secretary of Dakota Territory, 1865-69; Delegate to U.S. Congress from Dakota Territory, 1869-71; Defeated, 1870
  • Joseph Spink, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for Rhode Island, 1852
  • George T. Spink, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Tompkins County, 1843
  • Cyrus Spink (1793-1859), American politician, Member of Ohio State Legislature; Presidential Elector for Ohio, 1844; U.S. Representative from Ohio 14th District, 1859
  • Nigel Philip Spink (b. 1958), English former football goalkeeper
  • Air Marshal Clifford Rodney Spink CB CBE FCMI FRAeS RAF R'td, senior Royal Air Force officer
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Spink Historic Events


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Spink Historic Events




HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Tom Spink, British Leading Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fidelis
Motto Translation: Faithful.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    3. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    5. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. 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.
    8. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    9. 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.
    10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
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    The Spink Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Spink 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 11:59.

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