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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, who arrived in San Francisco in 1850

Spinney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Robert Spinney, aged 26, a labourer, who 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
  • Arthur F. Spinney (1927-1994), American professional football guard
  • Carroll Edwin Spinney (b. 1933), American puppeteer
  • John C. Spinney, American politician, Farmer-Labor Candidate for U.S. Representative from New Hampshire 2nd District, 1936 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • John Spinney, American politician, Candidate for New Hampshire State Senate 1st District, 1916 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • 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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • George Wilbur Spinney (1889-1948), Canadian president of The Bank of Montreal from 1942 to 1948

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Citations


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  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

Other References

  1. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  2. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  8. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
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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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