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Type Surname (from nickname)
Usage English
Other Forms FormsSpenlow

Meaning & History

From a medieval nickname for someone who spread their amorous affections around freely. A different form of the surname was borne by Dora Spenlow, the eponymous hero's "child-wife" in Charles Dickens's 'David Copperfield' (1849-50).

(Source: 'Encyclopedia of Surnames' (2007) by John Ayto)
Added 11/13/2012 by SeaHorse15