Spalding Surname Genealogy

is a place name in the fens of south Lincolnshire, derived originally
from the Spalding
tribe who lived there.  Spalding appeared as a place name as
Spallinge in the Domesday book of 1086 and Spaldingis in the
Lincolnshire survey of 1115 and as a surname as Spalding in 1273.
The surnames
Spalding and Spaulding
are both to be found in
Spauldings there outnumber Spaldings by roughly two to one.

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Spalding Ancestry

The first referenced Spalding individual was a Ralph de Spalding who
was granted a property deed in 1273.  The wool merchant William de
Spalding was elected to Parliament in 1327.   Peter Spalding
was recorded at the border town of Berwick in 1318.

The Spalding name spread to Norfolk and Suffolk and larger numbers were
recorded there than in Lincolnshire.  Spalding was
already cropping up in Suffolk villages near Bury St. Edmonds and
Framlingham in Elizabethan times.  By the early 1600’s the name
was also to be found in London and further north in the town of York.

There was a Spalding clan in Scotland, taking its name from the
Lincolnshire village of Spalding. The first of this clan was the Peter
Spalding who helped the Scottish supporters of
Robert the Bruce take Berwick in 1318.  As
a reward, he was granted lands in Forfarshire (now Angus).

Prominent in later generations were the Spaldings of Ashintully in
Perthshire.  However, in the 1700’s this family followed the
Jacobite cause, lost their lands, and dispersed.  Some of these
Spaldings ended up in Georgia and Jamaica.  Others had earlier
departed for Sweden and Pomerania in Germany.

The first Spalding in America was an Edward Spalding from
Lincolnshire who arrived at
the Jamestown colony in 1619.  He survived the Indian uprising
there but later sailed for New England where he became the progenitor
of a large New England Spalding family:

  • one line went via Samuel
    Brown Spalding, a merchant in Vermont, to his son Samuel Gray Spaulding
    who headed West to start a tobacco manufacturing business in Chicago.
  • another line established itself in Pennsylvania where Simon and
    his son Harry distinguished themselves in the Revolutionary War and
    later led to Albert
    Goodwill Spalding,
    the well-known sporting personality.

Judge Charles Warren
Spalding’s 1897 book The Spalding
has traced the various descendants of the Spalding

Another Spalding line began with Thomas Spalding from Suffolk who was
brought to Maryland as a young man by his cousin in 1657.  His
descendants lived in Beaverdam Manor in St. Mary’s county.  After
Revolutionary War Thomas Spalding and his family migrated west to
Kentucky.  He was Catholic and the Catholic
Spaldings, Martin the Archbishop of Baltimore and his nephew John a
co-founder of the Catholic University of America, came from this

The Scots Spalding connection in America began in 1760 when James
Spalding came
over to the new colony of
Georgia and set up a trading post.  He had
an eventful Revolutionary War.

“When war broke out he was jailed for a
week by the patriots who made him pay a large sum of money to let him
go and promise not to return to Georgia.  He fled to St. Augustine
in Florida but returned to Georgia once the British retook Savannah.”

His son Thomas who settled on Sapelo island operated large cotton
plantations there and was active in Georgia local politics between 1800
1850.  However, his line died out in the latter part of the 19th

Then there were the Presbyterian missionaries, Henry
Spalding and his wife Eliza from upstate New York. They were
among the first Americans to travel the great plains and along the
Oregon Trail.  They worked with the Nez Perce Indians in
what is now the state of Idaho.

Spalding Miscellany

If you would like to read more, click on the miscellany page for
further stories and accounts:

Select Spalding Names

John Spalding of Aberdeen was the
author of a famous historical work, Memorials
of the Troubles in Scotland and England from 1625 to 1642
The antiquarian society the Spalding Club was founded and named in his
Goodwill Spalding
from Illinois was a 19th century baseball
player and
subsequently a well-known sporting personality and sporting goods

Select Spaldings

  • 4,000 in the UK (most numerous
    in Pembrokeshire)
  • 9,000 in America (most numerous
    in Kentucky)
  • 3,000 elsewhere (most numerous in Australia).




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