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The Anglo-Saxon name Sparke comes from the baptismal name Sparrowhawk, which was an Old English personal name. After the Norman Conquest, the Old English naming system gradually dissolved. Old English names became less common and were replaced by popular continental European names. The earliest surnames in England were found shortly after the Norman Conquest and are of Norman French rather than native English origins.

Sparke Early Origins



The surname Sparke was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Sparke Spelling Variations


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Sparke Spelling Variations



One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Sparke has appeared include Sparke, Spark, Sparkes, Sparks and others.

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Sparke Early History


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Sparke Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sparke research. Another 334 words (24 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 Sparke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sparke Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sparke Early Notables (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...

Another 105 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sparke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sparke In Ireland


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Sparke In Ireland



Some of the Sparke family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 82 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Sparke arrived in North America very early:

Sparke Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • George Sparke who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • George Sparke, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Sarah Sparke, who arrived in Virginia in 1654
  • John Sparke, who arrived in Virginia in 1658
  • Walter Sparke, who landed in Maryland in 1659
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sparke Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Sparke, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  • Elizabeth Sparke, aged 26, a laundress, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Emigrant"

Sparke Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Frederick Sparke, aged 21, a farm labourer, arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1875
  • Ann Sparke, aged 21, arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1875
  • Ellie Sparke, aged 3 mths., arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sparke (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sparke (post 1700)



  • Bowyer Edward Sparke (1759-1836), English bishop, Dean of Bristol (18031810), Bishop of Chester (18101812), Bishop of Ely (18121836)
  • Stewart Sparke, British Independent Filmmaker from East Yorkshire
  • Penny Sparke (b. 1948), British writer and academic

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Citations


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  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823

Other References

  1. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  4. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  5. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  7. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  11. ...

The Sparke Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sparke 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.

This page was last modified on 5 January 2017 at 08:59.

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