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The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought much change to the island nation, including many immigrants with new names. Among these immigrants were the ancestors of the Spinney family, who 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.

Spinney Early Origins



The surname Spinney 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.

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Spinney Spelling Variations


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Spinney Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Spinney were recorded, including Spiney, Spinney, Spine, Spines and others.

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Spinney Early History


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Spinney Early History



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

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Spinney Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Spinney Early Notables (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 Spinney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Spinney arrived in North America very early:

Spinney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • C. Spinney who arrived in New York in 1823
  • J. Spinney arrived in San Francisco in 1850

Spinney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Robert Spinney, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Amazon"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Spinney (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Spinney (post 1700)



  • Franklin C. "Chuck" Spinney (b. 1946), American former military analyst
  • John C. Spinney, American politician, Farmer-Labor Candidate for U.S. Representative from New Hampshire 2nd District, 1936
  • John Spinney, American politician, Candidate for New Hampshire State Senate 1st District, 1916
  • Elvington P. Spinney, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Maine 1st District, 1928; Delegate to Maine convention to ratify 21st amendment from York County, 1933
  • Arthur F. Spinney (1927-1994), American professional football guard
  • Carroll Edwin Spinney (b. 1933), American puppeteer
  • George Wilbur Spinney (1889-1948), Canadian president of The Bank of Montreal from 1942 to 1948

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    Other References

    1. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    4. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    6. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    11. ...

    The Spinney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Spinney 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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