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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

The Spillers Name

"Spillers" is an English patronymic from the name Spiller. A patronymic, or patronym, is a component of a personal name based on the name of one's father. Spiller comes from an agent derivative of Middle English spill(en) ‘to play, jest, or sport’ (Old English spilian).

Famous Spillers' or Spiller's:

Spiller - Popular Italian techno DJ noted at one stage for being the tallest DJ in the world at reported heights from 6'9" to just over 7'. He had a #1 hit in the UK, Australia and other countries with the hit single, "Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)", released in 2000. Over 2,000,000 copies sold worldwide.

Billy Wade "Bill" Spiller (June 24, 1926 - September 23, 2004) - public broadcasting pioneer in the state of Virginia.

C.J. Spiller (born August 15, 1987 in Lake Butler, Florida) - running back for the Clemson Tigers football team. Known as "Lightning" for his speed.

Daniel "Danny" Spiller (born 10 October 1981 in Maidstone) - an English professional soccer player, currently playing for Gillingham. Spiller came into the fore during the 2003-2004 season when he was player of the season after a string of man-of-the-match performances.

M. Frederick Spiller (born February 22, 1885 - died ?) - a British lightweight boxer who competed in the early twentieth century. He won a silver medal in Boxing at the 1908 Summer Olympics.

Spillers Records, established in 1894, - reputed to be the oldest record shop in the world. It is located in Cardiff, Wales.

William John Spiller, known as "Billy" (8 July 1886 - 9 June 1970), - a Welsh rugby union player and cricketer.

Matthew Spiller (born February 7, 1983 in Daysland, Alberta) - a professional ice hockey defenceman who currently plays for the Phoenix Coyotes of the NHL.

Michael A. Spiller (born August 1, 1961) - an American director. Spiller has directed on numerous series and has also served as a cinematographer prior to directing. He was a regular director on the HBO series, Sex and the City. Spiller continued to direct on series such as Scrubs, Jake in Progress, The Bernie Mac Show and will be directing two episodes of the new HBO series, Big Love which premiered in March 2006.

Lucy Spiller - a fictional character on the FX television series Dirt, played by Courteney Cox.

Ponce de Leon Park, also known as Spiller Park or Spiller Field during 1924-1932 - the primary home field for the minor league baseball team called the Atlanta Crackers for nearly six decades.

Leo Spiller - a fictional character on the FX television series Dirt, played by Will McCormack.

Max Waldau (21 March 1822 – 20 January 1855) - a German poet and novelist, much better known by this pseudonym (which he always acted under) than by his real name Richard Georg Spiller von Hauenschild.

Big Kids was a children's television show that originally aired on the BBC in 2000 from September 27 to December 20. It followed the lives of the Spiller family, Sarah Spiller (Imogen Stubbs) a music teacher, Geoff Spiller (Duncan Duff) a doctor, Simon Spiller (Matt Adams) and Kate Spiller (Kelly Salmon). One night they go to a school charity event, and are hypnotised by a hypnotist called Ming. This causes the parents to act like children whenever anyone says the word 'ming' in any word or sentance, much to the embarrassment of Kate and Simon. The show only lasted for one season, but was relatively popular while it did.

Eberhard Spiller - Captain and German Air attaché in Oslo. Took command over a company of Fallschirmjegers on April 9th, 1940 and launched the famous "Spillers raid". A fruitless hunt through over 100 km of Norwegian held territory for the Norwegian King and government. He was mortally wounded in the battle of Midtskogen, on the night between 9th and 10th of April.

Spillers Farm - Located in the Devonshire countryside, the farm's tea room is famous for its Cream Teas and home-made cakes.

Spillers & Co. Ltd. - Founded in 1880 by Joel Spiller & Samuel Browne, Spillers operated some of the largest grain mills in the UK. The company imported Wheat from India, Australia, America and Russia in their own ships. The company thrived and entered into the production of biscuits and animal feed as sidelines to the milling business in subsequent years and became Nationally known. The company's large building at the top end of the Roath Dock, for many years a landmark, still stands in the redeveloped Cardiff Bay. Much of the Spillers operation was acquired by Nestle' in 1998.

Spillers Horse Feeds - Spillers created the original compound horse feed in the UK in the 1950’s. Since that time Spillers has led the way in innovative equine nutritional products.


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