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The surname Spittal is an occupational name for someone who was employed in a lodging house, derived from the Middle English word "spital" which is the same root of the more modern word "hospital."

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The surname Spittal was first found in Dumbartonshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, at Spittal in the parish of Kilmaron. Spittal is also said to be a kind of shelter built along roads in 16th and 17th century Scotland.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Spittal, Spittel, Spittle and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spittal research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1365, 1394, 1395, 1423, and 1689 are included under the topic Early Spittal History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Spittal Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Joseph Spittal, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765

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  • Herman Spittal, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1904, 1908; Industrial Candidate for Pennsylvania State Auditor General, 1916
  • Charles Spittal, American politician, governor of Virginia (1982-1986) and US Senator from Virginia (1989-2001)


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  1. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
  2. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
  3. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. 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. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  6. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  7. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
  8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  9. 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).
  10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
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The Spittal Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Spittal 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.

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