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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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


Sparkes Early Origins



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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Sparhcuk Sutor in Suffolk; Thomas Sperheuk in Lincolnshire; and Nicholas Sparke in Norfolk. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
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]CITATION[CLOSE]
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.

Later, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 lists Magota Spark and Robertus Spark as both living there at that time. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


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Sparkes Spelling Variations


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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.

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Sparkes Early History


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Sparkes Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sparkes 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 Sparkes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sparkes Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sparkes 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 Sparkes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sparkes In Ireland


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Sparkes In Ireland



Some of the Sparkes 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



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]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • John Sparkes, who arrived in Virginia in 1622 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Jon Sparkes, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Grace Sparkes, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sparkes Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Richard Sparkes, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749

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]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) OMEGA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/omega1852.shtml
  • Jane Sparkes, aged 19, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle" [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Thursday 4th May 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Taymouth Castle 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/taymouthcastle1854.shtml.
  • 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 Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William A. Sparkes, aged 33, a carpenter, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
  • Lucy Sparkes, aged 31, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
  • Elizabeth Sparkes, aged 10, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
  • Samuel Sparkes, aged 8, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
  • Lucy E. Sparkes, aged 6, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sparkes (post 1700)


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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
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Sparkes Historic Events


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Sparkes Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Ernest Sparkes (b. 1921), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Radford, Coventry, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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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  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. ^ 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

Other References

  1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  2. 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).
  3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  4. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  5. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  6. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  11. ...

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