Spellman Family History

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Spellman Name Meaning

German: occupational name for a musician or minstrel, from Middle Low German spel ‘play’ + man ‘man’. German (Spellmann): habibtational name for someone from Spelle near Rheine or Spellen near Wesel. English: variant of Speller.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Sellman, Stellman, Stallman, Speckman, Spillman, Spielman, Pillman

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Spellman Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Spellman name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Spellman. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • European Jewish


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Spellman Family Origin

Where is the Spellman family from?

Spellman Family Occupations

What did your Spellman ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Spellman. The most common Spellman occupation in the USA was Farmer. 20% of Spellman's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Spellman family was Blacksmith.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Blacksmith


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Spellman ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Spellman Historical Records

What Spellman family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 39,000 census records available for the last name Spellman. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Spellman census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Spellman. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 8,000 military records available for the last name Spellman. For the veterans among your Spellman ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Spellman Life Expectancy

What is the average Spellman lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Spellman life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Spellman in 1947 was 32, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Spellman

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Spellman ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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