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Where did the English Spragg family come from? What is the English Spragg family crest and coat of arms? When did the Spragg family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Spragg family history?

The Anglo-Saxon name Spragg comes from its first bearer, who was a person who because of their physical abilities was referred to as sprack. This nickname surname was used to denote those individuals who were agile and quite lively. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.

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The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Spragg has been spelled many different ways, including Spragg, Spragge, Sprague, Sprake, Sprigg, Spriggs and many more.

First found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, as Lords of the manor, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spragg research. Another 117 words(8 lines of text) covering the years 1618, 1684, 1725, 1720, 1620, 1673, 1645, 1673, 1673, 1677, 1677, 1919, 1944 and 1946 are included under the topic Early Spragg History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 85 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Spragg Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Spragg family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 215 words(15 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Spraggs to arrive in North America:

Spragg Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Richard Spragg, who arrived in Virginia in 1665
  • William Spragg, who arrived in Maryland in 1678

Spragg Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Theodocia Spragg, who landed in Virginia in 1702
  • John Spragg who settled in New England in 1765

Spragg Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Richard Spragg arrived in Philadelphia in 1814

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  • Laura Spragg (b. 1982), English cricket player
  • Wesley Spragg (1848-1930), English-born, New Zealand butter manufacturer and exporter
  • Warren Spragg (b. 1982), Italian Rugby Union international
  • Alonzo Stephen "Lonnie" Spragg (1879-1904), Australian rugby union player


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  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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  10. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
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The Spragg Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Spragg Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 28 April 2014 at 15:23.

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