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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Sprous, Sprows, Sprouse, Spross, Spruce, Sprosse and many more.

First found in Holland, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. The name was first recorded in South Holland, a province of Holland, the most crowded province of the Netherlands. The principal cities are Rotterdam, Leyden and Shiedam. Noted is the famed castle of Teilengen where Jacqueline of Bavaria is buried. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family. They held a family seat in Shiedam and one of the founder families of the region.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sprows research. Another 238 words(17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sprows History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Alice Sprouse, who arrived in Virginia in 1642; John Sprous, who came to Virginia in 1649; George Spruce, who settled in Maryland in 1659; Nich Spruce, who came to Virginia in 1661.

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  • David J Sprows PhD, Professor of Mathematical Sciences at Villanova University
  • Sandra Sprows, Academic Chair at Suffolk County Community College


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  10. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
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The Sprows Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sprows 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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