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.
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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
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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
Robert L. Spurlin, aged 46, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Everglades" from Matanzas, Cuba