Last name origins & meanings:
- English and Scottish: habitational name from a place in
Lincolnshire, so called from the Old English tribal name
Spaldingas ‘people of the district called Spald’. The
district name probably means ‘ditches’, referring to drainage channels
in the fenland.
- The surname was taken to Scotland in the 13th century by Radulphus
de Spalding. His descendants prospered, and the name is still common
in Scotland. Early American Spaldings include Thomas Spalding, born in Frederica, GA, in 1774, who introduced sea-island cotton in GA, and the physician Lyman Spalding, born in Cornish, NH, in 1775, who founded U.S. Pharmacopoeia.
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