The name is said to originate from the German 'Spieler' meaning storyteller. That is the only useful piece of information I gleaned from investing GBP30 in a publication entitled The Worldwide Book of the Spellers. I simply couldn't resist it after receiving possibly the worst piece of junk mail ever about the thing.
It turned out to be a desk-top published, spiral-bound book with several chapters on geneology with the name Speller mentioned from time to time. It contained the one useful fact about the origins of the name as reported above and then a database of names, addresses and telephone numbers of Spellers around the world. Hello to all of you in New Zealand and North Carolina, two apparent Speller hotspots other than the UK.
If you have any other information about the Speller name, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Speller Family History:
With help from some distant relatives, I have now traced the Spellers back five generations, as follows:
- Father: Ernest Speller - b. Willesden, London, 1922 - d. Bassingbourn, Cambs, 2001
- Grandfather: Ernest Speller - b. Willesden, London, 1901 - d. London, 1966
- Great Grandfather: Arthur Speller - b. Thaxted, Essex, 1874 - d. ??
- Great Great Grandfather: William Speller - b. Thaxted, Essex, 1851 - d. Thaxted, Essex 1921
- Great Great Great Grandfather: George Speller - b. Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, c.1828 - d. ??
- Great Great Great Great Grandfather: James Speller - b. Thaxted, Essex, 1800 - d. Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, 1852
Thanks to the power of the web I have now made contact with other descendants of James Speller (through his other son, Frederick) and of Arthur Speller (through children of his second marriage).