Sparkes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Sparkes is tied to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of England. It comes from the baptismal name Sparrowhawk, and in " 'the son of Sparrowhawk'; found as early as Domesday [Book] in the forms Sperhauoc (Nottinghamshire) [and] Sparhauoc (Suffolk.)" [1] The name could have been a nickname as in 'the sparrow - hawk,' having derived from the Middle English word "sperhauke." Another source notes the name could have been derived from the Old Norse words "sparkr" or "sproek" which meant "lively, sprightly." [2]

Early Origins of the Sparkes family

The surname Sparkes was first found in Lincolnshire where William Sperc was listed in the Assize Rolls of 1202. A few years later, Ralph Sparke was listed in Suffolk in 1221. [2]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Sparhcuk Sutor in Suffolk; Thomas Sperheuk in Lincolnshire; and Nicholas Sparke in Norfolk. [1] John Sparhauk was rector of St Buttolph the Abbot, Norwich in 1351 and Kirby's Quest listed Gilbert Sperhauk in Somerset, 1 Edward III (during the first year of Edward III's reign.) [3]

Later, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 lists Magota Spark and Robertus Spark as both living there at that time. [1]

Important Dates for the Sparkes family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sparkes research. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1613, 1407, 1698, 1566, 1554, 1603, 1583, 1591, 1574, 1640, 1628, 1629, 1636, 1680, 1677, 1680, 1548, 1616, 1584, 1604, 1628, 1677, 1660, 1683, 1740 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Sparkes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sparkes Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Sparkes has undergone many spelling variations, including Sparke, Spark, Sparkes, Sparks and others.

Early Notables of the Sparkes family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include John Sparke (died 1566), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Plympton Erle in 1554; John Sparke (d.1603) of Plymouth, Devon, Mayor of Plymouth in 1583 and 1591; and his son, John Sparke (c. 1574-1640), an English politician from The Friary, in the parish of St Jude, Plymouth, Devon, who sat in the House of Commons from 1628 to 1629; and his grandson, John Sparke (1636-1680) an English landowner and...
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Sparkes migration to the United States

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Sparkes were among those contributors:

Sparkes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Sparkes, who settled in Virginia in 1616
  • William Sparkes, aged 24, who arrived in Virginia in 1616 [4]
  • John Sparkes, who arrived in Virginia in 1622 [4]
  • Jon Sparkes, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [4]
  • Grace Sparkes, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [4]
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Sparkes migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sparkes Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Richard Sparkes, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749

Sparkes migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Sparkes Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Edmond Sparkes, aged 29, a toolmaker, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Omega" [5]
  • Jane Sparkes, aged 19, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle" [6]
  • Joseph Sparkes (aged 40) arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Aurora"
  • Stephen Sparkes (aged 18) arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Aurora"
  • Hannah Sparkes (aged 15), a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Aurora"

Sparkes migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Sparkes Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Mary Ann Sparkes, (b. 1863), aged 8 months, British settler travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Brothers Pride" arriving in Lyttelton, South Island, New Zealand on 8th December 1863 [7]
  • Mrs. Rebecca Sparkes, (b. 1828), aged 35, British settler travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Brothers Pride" arriving in Lyttelton, South Island, New Zealand on 8th December 1863 [7]
  • Mr. William Sparkes, (b. 1829), aged 34, British joiner travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Brothers Pride" arriving in Lyttelton, South Island, New Zealand on 8th December 1863 [7]
  • Mr. William Sparkes, (b. 1852), aged 11, British settler travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Brothers Pride" arriving in Lyttelton, South Island, New Zealand on 8th December 1863 [7]
  • Miss Rebecca Sparkes, (b. 1854), aged 9, British settler travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Brothers Pride" arriving in Lyttelton, South Island, New Zealand on 8th December 1863 [7]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Sparkes (post 1700)

  • John Charles Lewis Sparkes (1833-1907), English art teacher, director the Royal College of Art 1875 to 1898
  • George Sparkes (1845-1908), English cricketer
  • Ken Sparkes (1940-2016), Australian breakfast radio presenter, television personality
  • Reginald Ford Sparkes (1906-1990), Newfoundland educator, author and politician who represented St. Barbe in the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly from 1949 to 1956
  • Brian G. Sparkes (1941-2011), Canadian biochemist, recipient of the Ambroise Pare Award in 1994
  • Bernard L. Sparkes (b. 1940), Canadian world champion curler from Claresholm, Alberta inducted into the B.C. Sports Hall Of Fame in 1995
  • Ali Sparkes (b. 1966), British author, nominated for the 2007 Bolton Children's Book Award
  • Lindsay Sparkes (b. 1950), born Lindsay Davie, Canadian five-time gold medalist curler from North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • John Sparkes (b. 1954), Welsh BAFTA Award winning comedian born in Swansea, known on Welsh television as the Barry Welsh
  • Leonora Sparkes (b. 1883), British mezzo-soprano for the Metropolitan Opera in New York City from 1908
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Historic Events for the Sparkes family

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Ernest Sparkes (b. 1921), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Radford, Coventry, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [8]

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Citations

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) OMEGA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/omega1852.shtml
  6. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 4th May 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Taymouth Castle 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/taymouthcastle1854.shtml.
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
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