Spiro History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Spiro can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Venice. The people of this region were originally known only by a single name, but it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves, as populations grew and travel became more frequent. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and patronymic surnames, derived from the father's given name were the most common type of family name adopted in the region of Venice. The Italian surname Spiro came from the personal name Gaspare, derived from the Latin name Gasparus, and ultimately derived from "kaspar," a Persian word meaning "treasurer" and name of one of the three Magi.

Early Origins of the Spiro family

The surname Spiro was first found in Vicenza, anciently known as Vicetia, a town in Venetia, capital of the province of Vicenza. It was conquered by the Venetians in 1405. It has many beautiful palaces and churches, galleries and museums. The cathedral is Gothic. The original church SS.Felice e Fortunato was built in 975 but has been much altered. It is notable for its development painters, architects, sculptors and scholars. Natives were Trissino, Palladio, Pigafetta, Fogazzaro, Mantegna, Montagna, Speranza, Scamozzi and Buoncosiglio. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry.

Early History of the Spiro family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spiro research. Another 86 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1648, 1702, 1683, 1743, 1500, 1588, 1660, 1749, 1712, 1775, 1590, 1661 and 1727 are included under the topic Early Spiro History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Spiro Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gaspari, Gasparo, Gasperi, Gasparri, Casparri, Degasperi, Gasparelli, Gasparini, Gasparetti, Gasparetto, Gaspardo, Gasparon, Gasperin, Gasbarrini, Gasperoni, Gasparrini, Sperelli, Sperotto, Speroni and many more.

Early Notables of the Spiro family (pre 1700)

Prominent among bearers of this family in early times was David Caspari (1648-1702), a German Lutheran theologian, rector of Riga Cathedral; and his son, Georg Caspari (1683-1743), a Baltic German academic; Sperone Speroni degli Alvarotti (1500-1588), an Italian Renaissance humanist, scholar and dramatist; Antonio Gaspari, (before 1660-after...
Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Spiro Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Spiro migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Spiro Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J N Spiro, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850 [1]
Spiro Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Demetri Spiro, who arrived in Texas in 1907 [1]
  • Demetre Spiro, who arrived in Texas in 1907 [1]
  • Demitri Spiro, who landed in Texas in 1907 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Spiro (post 1700) +

  • Eugen "Eugene" Spiro (1874-1972), German-born, American painter
  • Lev L. Spiro, American television and film director, known for his work on Modern Family, Weeds, Arrested Development, My Name Is Earl, Ugly Betty, Gilmore Girls, Dawson's Creek and many more
  • Melford Elliot Spiro (b. 1920), American cultural anthropologist
  • Jordana Ariel Spiro (b. 1977), American film and television actress
  • Ellen Spiro (b. 1968), American documentary filmmaker
  • Mark Spiro (b. 1957), American songwriter, record producer and recording artist
  • Timothy Spiro, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of East Detroit, Michigan, 1979 [2]
  • Theodore C. Spiro, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 14th District, 1976 [2]
  • Nathan Spiro (b. 1867), American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Danbury; Defeated, 1930; Elected 1932; Member of Connecticut State Senate, 1935 [2]
  • Herbert John Spiro (b. 1924), American Republican politician, U.S. Ambassador to Cameroon, 1975; Equatorial Guinea, 1975 [2]
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


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


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