Sparhawk History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Sparhawk family

The surname Sparhawk was first found in Norfolk where it is generally believed that the family trace their ancestry to William Sparrow, of West Harling, temp. Edward II. [1] However, some sources claim the name was a nickname as in "one thought to possess some quality of a sparrow, such as a homey, chirpy disposition; dweller at the sign of the sparrow." [2] [3] However, we find it difficult to trivialize the surname in this manner.

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list more of the listings of the surname with some of the earlier spellings: John Sparuwe in Oxfordshire; Laurence Sparwe in Cambridgeshire; and Hugh Sparewe in Cambridgeshire. Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed: Rogerus Sparowe; and Adam Sparowe. [4]

Early History of the Sparhawk family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sparhawk research. Another 96 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1612, 1685, 1676, 1685, 1667, 1676, 1648, 1660, 1667, 1668, 1676, 1615, 1665, 1615 and 1633 are included under the topic Early Sparhawk History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sparhawk Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Sparrow, Sparrowe, Sparow and others.

Early Notables of the Sparhawk family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Anthony Sparrow (1612-1685), English Anglican priest, Bishop of Norwich (1676-1685) and Bishop of Exeter (1667-1676.) Born at Depden, near Bury St. Edmunds, he was the son of Samuel Sparrow, a man of wealth. "The rectory of Hawkedon in Suffolk was conferred upon Sparrow about 1648, but, after holding it for five weeks, he was ejected for reading the Book of Common Prayer. In 1660 he was reinstated, and was...
Another 77 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sparhawk Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Sparhawk family to Ireland

Some of the Sparhawk family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Sparhawk migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sparhawk Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Nathaniel Sparhawk, who arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1636 [5]
  • John Sparhawk, who arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1644 [5]
Sparhawk Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Nathan Sparhawk, who landed in America in 1802 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Sparhawk (post 1700) +

  • Donovan R. Sparhawk, American actor, known for his work in Independence Day (1983)
  • Lynden Sparhawk, American art director who was active in the late 1940s to the mid 1950s
  • Jesse Sparhawk, American harpist, known for his work on the movie The King in 2005
  • Edward Vernon Sparhawk (1798-1838), American author, poet, journalist, editor and publisher, co-founder of The Canadian Times and Weekly Literary and Political Reporter (active from 1823 to 1824)
  • John C. "Bud" Sparhawk (b. 1937), American science fiction writer, best known for his short stories with Sam Boone
  • Alan Sparhawk (b. 1969), American musician and singer-songwriter, best known for his work with the bands Low and Retribution Gospel Choir
  • Samuel Sparhawk, American politician, Secretary of State of New Hampshire, 1810-14, 1816-25; Presidential Elector for New Hampshire, 1828 [6]
  • Bertram Sparhawk, American politician, Representative from Massachusetts 4th District, 1894 [6]

The Sparhawk Motto +

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: In solo Deo salus
Motto Translation: Salvation is in God alone.

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  3. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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