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The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 added many new elements to an already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Spinner family lived in Warwickshire. Their name, however, is a reference to Epineville, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.


The surname Spinner 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.

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Spiney, Spinney, Spine, Spines and others.


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


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


Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlanti c. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Spinner or a variant listed above:

Spinner Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Spinner, who arrived in Maryland in 1661

Spinner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Ulrick Spinner, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1761

Spinner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Lornez Spinner, aged 18, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1802
  • W Spinner, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Spinner Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Robert Spinner landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Robert Spinner, aged 22, a baker, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840

  • Frank C. Spinner, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 15th District, 1968, 1970
  • Francis Elias Spinner (1802-1890), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from New York 17th District, 1855-61
  • Elmer Spinner, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Onondaga County 1st District, 1956
  • Jack Spinner, Actor
  • Stephanie Spinner, Writer
  • Rony Spinner, Writer
  • Anthony Spinner, Producer

Spinner Historic Events

HMS Hood

  • Mr. George D Spinner (b. 1919), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Henry John Spinner (d. 1912), aged 32, English Third Class passenger from Arboretum, Worcestershire who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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    Other References

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    3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    5. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
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    8. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    10. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
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    The Spinner Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Spinner 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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