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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

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), American academic, 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. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  4. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  5. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  6. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  7. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. 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.

This page was last modified on 28 April 2014 at 08:52.

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