Spohn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Spohn surname is generally thought to have derived from the Middle English word "spoon," which was a "chip," or "splinter" of wood; and as such, was an occupational name for someone who made wooden roof shingles. It was on after the 14th century, under Scandinavian influence, that the word spoon, began to acquire its modern usage as an eating utensil, but it is certainly possible that the surname may also have been taken on occupationally by someone who made spoons.

Early Origins of the Spohn family

The surname Spohn was first found in Warwickshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, as Lords of the manor, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D. Other early records include Roger Lesponere, in the Pipe Rolls of Yorkshire in 1179, and a Thomas, Robert le Sponere in the Assize Rolls of Lincolnshire in 1221.

Early History of the Spohn family

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Spohn Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Spooner, Spouner, Sponer and others.

Early Notables of the Spohn family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Spohn family to Ireland

Some of the Spohn family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Spohn migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Spohn Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Henrich Spohn, who landed in New York in 1709-1710 [1]
  • Peter Spohn, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749 [1]
  • Petter Spohn, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1749 [1]
  • Johann Matthias Spohn, who landed in America in 1750 [1]
  • Elisabetha Spohn, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Spohn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • T Spohn, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • Mr. Spohn, who arrived in North America in 1872 [1]
  • Adam Spohn, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1875 [1]
  • Rudolf Spohn, who landed in America in 1881 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Spohn (post 1700) +

  • Samuel S. Spohn, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1924 [2]
  • S. F. Spohn, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1912 [2]
  • Joan Spohn, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Lapeer County, 1961; Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Lapeer County, 1962 [2]


  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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