Last name origins & meanings:
- English: occupational name for a tumbler or jester, from an
agent derivative of Middle English spill(en) ‘to play, jest, or
sport’ (Old English spilian).
- English: nickname for a
destructive or wasteful person, from an agent derivative of the
homonymous Middle English spill(en) ‘to spoil, waste, or
squander’ (Old English spillan).
- German and Dutch: occupational name for a spindle maker, a variant of Spille with
the addition of the agent suffix -er.
- In some
cases a variant of German Spieler.
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