The name Spynay arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Spynay family lived in Warwickshire
. Their name, however, is a reference to Epineville, Normandy
, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
Early Origins of the Spynay family
The surname Spynay was first found in Warwickshire
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. The Spineys were originally of Spine Villa or Epineville of Scine in Inf in the arrondisement of Yvetot, and held lands in Feltwell in Norfolk
and Cloughton in Warwickshire.
Early History of the Spynay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spynay research.Another 133 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1130, 1406, 1363, 1371, 1372, 1373, 1388, 1397, 1397, 1397 and 1402 are included under the topic Early Spynay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Spynay Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Spiney, Spinney, Spine, Spines and others.
Early Notables of the Spynay family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William de Spynie (died 1406), Scottish prelate, canon of Moray by 1363 and Precentor (Chanter) of Aberdeen in 1371, exchanged the latter position with William Boyl for the Precentorship of Moray (1372-1373), became Dean of Aberdeen by 1388, possibly became Dean of Dunkeld... Another 66 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Spynay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Spynay family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Spynay or a variant listed above: C. Spinney who arrived in New York in 1823; J. Spinney arrived in San Francisco in 1850; Thomas Spines settled in New England