Show ContentsSparling History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Sparling is a ancient Anglo-Saxon name that is derived from the baptismal name for the son of Spirling, which was an ancient 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.

Early Origins of the Sparling family

The surname Sparling was first found in Hertfordshire where they held a family seat from ancient times, some say long before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Sparling family

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Sparling Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Sparling, Sparlin, Sperling, Spurling and others.

Early Notables of the Sparling family

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Sparling Ranking

In the United States, the name Sparling is the 12,133rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 1

Ireland Migration of the Sparling family to Ireland

Some of the Sparling family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 32 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Sparling migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sparling Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Sparling, who landed in Virginia in 1650 2
Sparling Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Sparling, who arrived in Arkansas in 1857 2

Australia Sparling migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Sparling Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Sparling, English convict who was convicted in Essex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Augusta Jessie" on 27 September 1834, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) 3
  • Samuel Sparling, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1849 4

Contemporary Notables of the name Sparling (post 1700) +

  • Kent Sparling (b. 1966), American award winning sound engineer, known for his work on Titanic (1997), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) and Star Wars: Episode I-The Phantom Menace (1999)
  • Genevieve Sparling, American writer, known for her work on Smallville (2001), Suits (2011) and Smallville: Big Fans (2007)
  • Chris Sparling, American Goya Award National Board of Review Award winning and screenwriter, director, and actor
  • John Edmond "Jack" Sparling (1916-1997), American comics artist, best knbowqn for his work with DC Comics and Marvel
  • John Trevor Sparling (1938-1958), New Zealand cricketer who played in 11 Tests from 1958 to 1964
  • Major-General Herbert Alan Sparling (1907-1995), Canadian General Officer Commander in Chief Central Command 5
  • Gordon Sparling (1900-1994), Canadian director, writer and producer of some 200 films

The Sparling Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Virtutis honor praemium
Motto Translation: Honor is the prize of valor.

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. 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)
  3. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th August 2020). Retrieved from
  4. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ABBERTON 1849. Retrieved from
  5. Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 3) Herbert Sparling. Retrieved from on Facebook