Early Origins of the Sparam family
The surname Sparam was first found in Norfolk
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the village and lands of Sparham, held by Osbert from Robert Gernon, a Norman Baron, who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086.
Early History of the Sparam family
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Sparam Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Sparham, Spareham, Sparam, Sparum, Sparem and others.
Early Notables of the Sparam family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sparam family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Sparam Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Dr. Sparam U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Augusta], Ontario c. 1786 was a Hospital Mate CITATION[CLOSE]
Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X