It was among those Anglo-Saxon
tribes that once ruled over Britain that the name Spurlin was formed. The name was derived from the baptismal name for the son of Spirling,
which was an ancient Old English personal name
. After the Norman Conquest
, the Old English naming system gradually dissolved. Old English names became less common and were replaced by popular continental European names. The earliest surnames in England
were found shortly after the Norman Conquest
and are of Norman French rather than native English origins.
Early Origins of the Spurlin family
The surname Spurlin was first found in Hertfordshire
where they held a family seat
from ancient times, some say long before the Norman Conquest
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Spurlin family
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Spurlin Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Spurlin include Sparling, Sparlin, Sperling, Spurling, Spearling and others.
Early Notables of the Spurlin family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Spurlin family to Ireland
Some of the Spurlin family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 53 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Spurlin family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Spurlin were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Spurlin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Catherine Spurlin, aged 29, arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "Adriatic" from Southampton, England CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX2H-NM4 : 6 December 2014), Catherine Spurlin, 03 Oct 1907; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Adriatic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- Robert L. Spurlin, aged 46, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Everglades" from Matanzas, Cuba CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6WQ-LWT : 6 December 2014), Robert L. Spurlin, 11 Jul 1919; citing departure port Matanzas, Cuba, arrival port New York, ship name Everglades, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
Contemporary Notables of the name Spurlin (post 1700)
- Dean Spurlin, American actor, known for Roy 'n' the Rev (2003)
- W. Paul Spurlin, American Assistant Professor of Finance, Mississippi State University, Meridian
- Mary Jane Spurlin (1883-1970), American jurist, Oregon's first woman judge in 1926, President of the Portland Federation of Women's Clubs