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Origins Available: English, Scottish


The Sproule surname is generally thought to be a habitational name for one who came from "Spreull," a now extinct parish in Scotland. It is also possible that this surname is of nickname origin, derived from the Middle English word "spraule" indicating "one who walked or moved in a jerky or convulsive manner."

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The surname Sproule was first found in Dumbartonshire, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects. The name was first found on record in documents dating from the 13th century.

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sproule research. Another 199 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1280, 1296, 1368, 1646, and 1722 are included under the topic Early Sproule History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Sproule family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 290 words (21 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:

Sproule Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Adam Sproule settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1774
  • Adam Sproule, who settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1774
  • Adam Sproule, aged 45, landed in New England in 1774

Sproule Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Charles Sproule, aged 25, landed in Kentucky in 1812
  • Mr. Sproule, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822
  • Anne Sproule, aged 40, arrived in New York, NY in 1893
  • Caroline Sproule, aged 23, who landed in America, in 1895
  • Charles Sproule, aged 55, who emigrated to the United States, in 1896

Sproule Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Elizabeth Sproule, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Francis Sproule, aged 22, who settled in America from Athlona, Ireland, in 1906
  • Isabella Sproule, aged 21, who landed in America from Tyrone, Ireland, in 1908
  • James Sproule, aged 60, who emigrated to America, in 1909
  • Eliza Sproule, aged 32, who landed in America, in 1910


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  • William Sproule (1858-1935), American president of the Wells Fargo Express Company and Southern Pacific Railroad
  • Ralph Sproule, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1948
  • C. H. Sproule, American Republican politician, Member of Republican National Committee from Nevada, 1896; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Nevada, 1896 (member, Committee on Permanent Organization)
  • George Sproule (1743-1817), Irish-born, British Army officer and surveyor who emigrated to Louisbourg, N.S., with the 59th Foot
  • John Thomas Sproule (1876-1940), Conservative member of the Canadian House of Commons
  • Claire Sproule (b. 1985), Irish singer-songwriter from County Donegal
  • F. Harvey Sproule, Canadian National Hockey League coach and owner
  • Daniel Sproule (b. 1974), retired Australian gold medalist field hockey defender
  • Paul Sproule (b. 1944), retired Australian rules football player
  • Ivan Sproule (b. 1981), Northern Irish professional association football player


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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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  3. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
  4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  6. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  7. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  8. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
  9. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The Sproule Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sproule 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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