This interesting and unusual surname, with variant spellings Spaule, Spoole, Spawell, and Spalls, recorded in English Church Registers from the early 17th Century, is of locational origin from any of the several places called St. Paul(s). These places include St. Paul, the name of parishes in Bedfordshire, Cornwall, Glasgow, and St. Paul's in London, and Edinburgh. The above foreshortened spellings result from regional and dialectal differences in pronunciation. During the Middle Ages when migration for the purpose of job-seeking was becoming more common, people often took their former village name as a means of identification, thus resulting in a wide dispersal of the name, and subsequent variations on the original spelling. A Coat of Arms granted to one Thomas de St. Paule of Snarford, Lincolnshire, depicts a red lion rampant, double queued (tailed) and crowned gold, on a silver shield. On November 18th 1663, Elizabeth Spaule, an infant, was christened in St. Botolph without Aldgate, London, and on November 13th 1730, Sussnnah Spoole married a John Woodham in Stamford, Lincolnshire. The marriage of Robert Spall and Margaret Clark took place in St. Nicholas, Liverpool, Lancashire, on August 9th 1833. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Prudence Spall, which was dated August 13th 1630, christened at St. Botolph without Aldgate, London, during the reign of King Charles 1, known as "The Martyr", 1625 - 1649. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Spall — are flakes of a material that are broken off a larger solid body and can be produced by a variety of mechanisms, including as a result of projectile impact, corrosion, weathering, cavitation, or excessive rolling pressure (as in a ball bearing).… …   Wikipedia

  • Spall — Spall …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Spall — Spall, n. [Prov. E. spall, spell. See {Spale}, {Spell} a splinter.] A chip or fragment, especially a chip of stone as struck off the block by the hammer, having at least one feather edge. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spall — spall·ation; spall·er; spall; …   English syllables

  • Spall — Spall, v. i. To give off spalls, or wedge shaped chips; said of stone, as when badly set, with the weight thrown too much on the outer surface. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spall — Spall, n. [OF. espaule; cf. It. spalla. See {Epaule}.] The shoulder. [Obs.] Spenser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spall — Spall, v. t. 1. (Mining) To break into small pieces, as ore, for the purpose of separating from rock. Pryce. [1913 Webster] 2. (Masonry) To reduce, as irregular blocks of stone, to an approximately level surface by hammering. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spall — (n.) chip of stone, mid 15c., from Middle English verb spald to split open (early 14c.), from or related to M.Du. spalden, M.L.G. spalden, cognate with O.H.G. spaltan to split (see SPILL (Cf. spill) (v.)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • spall — [spôl] n. [ME spalle, prob. < or akin to spalden, to chip, split, akin to Ger spalten, to split: see SPOOL] a flake or chip, esp. of stone vt., vi. 1. to break up or split 2. to break off in layers parallel to a surface …   English World dictionary

  • Spall — Wappen Deutschlandkarte …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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