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The name Sparks was spawned by the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture that ruled a majority of Britain. 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.

Sparks Early Origins



The surname Sparks 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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Sparks Spelling Variations


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Sparks Spelling Variations



Sparks has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Sparke, Spark, Sparkes, Sparks and others.

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Sparks Early History


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Sparks Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sparks research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1613, 1407, 1698, 1628, 1677, 1660 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Sparks History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sparks Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sparks Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sparks Notables 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



In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Sparkss to arrive on North American shores:

Sparks Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Sparks who settled in Virginia in 1621
  • Edward Sparks, who arrived in New England in 1635
  • Jon Sparks, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Francis Sparks, who landed in Virginia in 1638
  • Thomas Sparks, who arrived in Virginia in 1638
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sparks Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Robert Sparks, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • Femerton Sparks, who arrived in Virginia in 1705

Sparks Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Sparks, who arrived in America in 1801-1802
  • Eliza Sparks, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • Alexander Sparks, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • William F Sparks, who landed in Texas in 1835
  • J Sparks, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sparks Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Richard Sparks, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Richard Sparks, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Sarah Sparks, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Ambrose Sparks settled in Brigus, Newfoundland in 1764 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Sparks Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Sparks arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eden" in 1838 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) EDEN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Eden.htm
  • Henry Richard Sparks arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal Admiral" in 1838 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ROYAL ADMIRAL 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838RoyalAdmiral.htm
  • Hannah Sparks arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal Admiral" in 1838 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ROYAL ADMIRAL 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838RoyalAdmiral.htm
  • Thomas H. Sparks arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal Admiral" in 1838 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ROYAL ADMIRAL 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838RoyalAdmiral.htm
  • Robert Sparks arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constant" in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sparks Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Amos Sparks landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Arab
  • Amos Sparks, aged 25, a brickmaker, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arab" in 1841
  • Elizabeth Sparks, aged 23, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arab" in 1841
  • Jordan Sparks, aged 28, a painter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • Mary Ann Sparks, aged 22, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sparks (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sparks (post 1700)



  • Jared Sparks (1789-1866), American historian, educator, and Unitarian minister, President of Harvard College (1849-1853)
  • Hal Sparks (b. 1969), American actor, known for his roles Spider-Man 2 (2004), Queer as Folk (2000) and Dude, Where's My Car? (2000)
  • Brigadier General Felix Sparks (1917-2007), American military commander of the 3rd Battalion of the 157th Infantry Regiment of the 45th Infantry Division of the United States Army
  • David Walter Sparks (1928-1954), American NFL football offensive lineman who played in 1951 for the San Francisco 49ers and the Washington Redskins
  • Clinton Sparks (b. 1979), American Grammy nominated DJ, producer, songwriter, radio and television personality
  • Beatrice Ruby Mathews Sparks (1917-2012), American therapist and Mormon youth counselor
  • Dana Sparks (b. 1961), American television actress, know for her roles in Falcon Crest (1981), That's Life! (1986) and Atlas Shrugged II: The Strike (2012)
  • Chauncey Sparks (1884-1968), American politician, 41st Governor of Alabama from 1943 to 1947
  • Steven William Sparks (b. 1965), retired American right-handed Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Randy Sparks (b. 1933), American musician, singer-songwriter and founder of The New Christy Minstrels
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Sparks Historic Events


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Sparks Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. J Sparks, British Petty Officer, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Sparks


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Suggested Readings for the name Sparks



  • William & Mary Hoare: British-American Families by Bernice Ruth Hoare Sparks.

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Sparks Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) EDEN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Eden.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ROYAL ADMIRAL 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838RoyalAdmiral.htm

Other References

  1. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Sparks Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sparks 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 1 December 2016 at 09:05.

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