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Origins Available: English, Scottish

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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Sproul, Sproule, Sprool, Spreul, Sprewell, Spreull, Spreall, Sprall, Sproull and many more.

First found in Dumbartonshire in central Scotland where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sproul research. Another 195 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1280, 1296, 1336, 1366, 1368, 1580, 1676, and 1682 are included under the topic Early Sproul History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Sproul Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Sproul family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 230 words(16 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sproul Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Jane Sproul, who arrived in America in 1806
  • Mary Sproul, who landed in America in 1806
  • James C Sproul, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • John Sproul, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1811
  • Gaberial Sproul, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848


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  • Allan Sproul (1896-1978), American banker, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York from 19411956
  • Elliott Wilford Sproul (1856-1935), U.S. Representative from Illinois
  • Robert Charles Sproul (b. 1939), American Calvinist theologian and pastor
  • William Henry Sproul (1867-1932), U.S. Representative from Kansas
  • Robert Gordon Sproul (1891-1975), 11th president of the University of California (1930-1958)
  • William Cameron Sproul (1870-1928), Governor of Pennsylvania from 1919 to 1923


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Manet in aeterum
Motto Translation: It endureth forever.

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  1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  2. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  3. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  4. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  5. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  6. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  7. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  9. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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The Sproul Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sproul 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.

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