Spink History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Spink family

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.

Early History of the Spink family

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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.

Early Notables of the Spink family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Nathaniel Spinckes (1653-1727), English nonjuror, born in 1653 at Castor in Northamptonshire, where his father, Edmund Spinckes, was rector of the parish. "Spinckes' high character and varied learning gave him a leading position among the...
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United States Spink migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. 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 [1]
  • Margaret Spink, who landed in Maryland in 1667 [1]
  • Thom Spink, who arrived in Maryland in 1667 [1]
Spink Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Spink, who settled in Bristol, Rhode Island in 1823
  • George Spink, who arrived in New York in 1824 [1]
  • A Spink, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]

Australia Spink migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Spink Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Spink, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1846 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Spink (post 1700) +

  • Jeffrey Christian Spink (1972-2017), American film producer
  • 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 [3]
  • Thomas D. Spink, American Republican politician, Republican Candidate for U.S. Senator from Texas, 1993, 1994 (primary) [3]
  • Joseph Spink, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for Rhode Island, 1852 [3]
  • George T. Spink, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Tompkins County, 1843 [3]
  • Cyrus Spink (1793-1859), American politician, Member of Ohio State Legislature; Presidential Elector for Ohio, 1844; U.S. Representative from Ohio 14th District, 1859 [3]
  • 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.)

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Tom Spink, British Leading Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [4]

The Spink 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.

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CANTON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Canton.htm
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html

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