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Sparkman is an ancient Anglo-Saxon surname that came 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.

Sparkman Early Origins



The surname Sparkman 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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Sparkman Spelling Variations


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Sparkman Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Sparkman has been recorded under many different variations, including Sparke, Spark, Sparkes, Sparks and others.

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Sparkman Early History


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Sparkman Early History



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

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Sparkman Early Notables (pre 1700)


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

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Sparkman In Ireland


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Sparkman In Ireland



Some of the Sparkman 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



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Sparkman or a variant listed above: John Sparks who settled in Virginia in 1621; George Sparke who settled in Virginia in 1623; Robert Sparkes settled in Maryland in 1663; Thomas Sparkes settled in Virginia in 1616.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sparkman (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sparkman (post 1700)



  • Robert Sparkman (b. 1972), American former professional football player
  • Stephen Milancthon Sparkman (1849-1929), American politician, U.S. Representative from Florida
  • John Jackson Sparkman (1899-1985), American politician, United States Senator from Alabama (1946-1979), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations (1975-1979), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs (1967-1975)
  • William Edwin "Bill" Sparkman Jr. (1958-2009), American schoolteacher and Field Representative for the United States Census Bureau
  • Michael S. Sparkman, American politician, Mayor of Plant City, Florida, 1994-96, 2000-03, 2004-05
  • John Jackson Sparkman (1899-1985), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Alabama 8th District, 1937-46; U.S. Senator from Alabama, 1946-79; Candidate for Vice President of the United States, 1952
  • H. C. Sparkman, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1916
  • George B. Sparkman, American politician, Mayor of Tampa, Florida, 1881-83, 1887-88
  • Dave Sparkman, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1936
  • Dale Sparkman, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 1980
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Sparkman Historic Events


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Sparkman Historic Events




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Sparkman Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    2. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    3. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    7. 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.
    8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    9. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    11. ...

    The Sparkman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sparkman 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 08:58.

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