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Spittle Name Meaning

English: from Middle English spitel ‘hospital infirmary religious house of the Knights Hospitallers’ (Old French (h)ospital) used either as a topographic name for someone who lived in or near a hospital or a nickname for someone who worked in one. English: habitational name from any of the places called with spitel such as Spital-in-the-Street (Lincolnshire) or any of several minor places in northern and Midland counties of England. Americanized form of East German Spittel a metonymic occupational name for someone who worked in an infirmary from Middle High German spital spittel ‘hospital’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Spittler, Spindle, Spitale, Spille, Little, Spiller, Smittle, Saile

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Where is the Spittle family from?

You can see how Spittle families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Spittle family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Spittle families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 228 Spittle families living in Staffordshire. This was about 24% of all the recorded Spittle's in United Kingdom. Staffordshire had the highest population of Spittle families in 1891.
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What did your Spittle ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Spittle. 24% of Spittle men worked as a General Labourer and 79% of Spittle women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Spittle were Retired and Unpaid Domestic Dutie. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
    24%
  • Old Age Pensioner
    8%
  • Lorry Driver
    8%
  • Retired
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    79%
  • Housewife
    3%
  • Domestic Duties
    3%
  • Unpaid Domestic Dutie
    2%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Spittle. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Spittle. For the veterans among your Spittle ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Spittle lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Spittle life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1983. The average life expectancy for Spittle in 1955 was 55, and 67 in 2004.

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