The associated coat of arms for this name are recorded in J.B Rietstaps Armorial General. Illustrated by V & H.V Rolland's. This Monumental work took 23 years to complete and 85,000 coats of Arms are included in this work. The surname of SPIELMANN is of varying origins. It was an occupational name 'the spieler' a preacher or professional story-teller. The name was derived from the Old German word SPILIAN. Most of the occupations or professions reflected in family names are those known in the small villages in Europe, or those followed in a king's or important noble's household, or in some large religious house or monastery. During the middle ages much of Europe was composed of small villages, and the occupations would be used to describe the bearer. It was also a name which was applied to a tumbler or jester, and in some cases the name was used for a destructive or wasteful person. Other spellings of the name include SPIELBERGER, SPIELBERG, SPIELBURG, SPIELMAN, SPILLMAN, SPILMAN, SPELMAN, SZPILMAN and SPILLER. Surnames which were derived from ancient Germanic personal names have the same meaning in many languages. The court of Charlemagne (Charles the Great, king of the Franks (742-814) was Christian and Latin speaking). The vernacular was the Frankish dialect of Old High German, and the personal names in use were Germanic and vernacular. These names were adopted in many parts of northwest Europe, particularly among the noble ruling classes. Hereditary surnames were found in Germany in the second half of the 12th century - a little later than in England and France. It was about the 16th century that they became stabilized. A notable member of the name is Steven SPIELBERG, born in 1947, the American film-maker, from Cincinnati, Ohio. An amateur film-maker as a child, he became one of the youngest television directors at Universal on such projects as 'Night Gallery' (1969). The film 'Duel' (1971) brought him the opportunity to direct for the cinema. His films include 'Jaws' (1975), 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' (1977) and 'E.T' (1982).
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