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The name Sparkes is tied to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of England. It 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.

Sparkes Early Origins



The surname Sparkes 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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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


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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 settled in Virginia in 1616
  • William Sparkes, aged 24, arrived in Virginia in 1616
  • John Sparkes, who arrived in Virginia in 1622
  • Jon Sparkes, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Grace Sparkes, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • ... (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, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Omega"
  • Jane Sparkes, aged 19, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle"
  • 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, 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, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
  • Lucy Sparkes, aged 31, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
  • Elizabeth Sparkes, aged 10, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
  • Samuel Sparkes, aged 8, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
  • Lucy E. Sparkes, aged 6, 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

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    5. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    9. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    10. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    11. ...

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