Sparrowe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Sparrowe family
The surname Sparrowe was first found in Norfolk where it is generally believed that the family trace their ancestry to William Sparrow, of West Harling, temp. Edward II.  However, some sources claim the name was a nickname as in "one thought to possess some quality of a sparrow, such as a homey, chirpy disposition; dweller at the sign of the sparrow."   However, we find it difficult to trivialize the surname in this manner.
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list more of the listings of the surname with some of the earlier spellings: John Sparuwe in Oxfordshire; Laurence Sparwe in Cambridgeshire; and Hugh Sparewe in Cambridgeshire. Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed: Rogerus Sparowe; and Adam Sparowe. 
Early History of the Sparrowe family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sparrowe research. Another 96 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1612, 1685, 1676, 1685, 1667, 1676, 1648, 1660, 1667, 1668, 1676, 1615, 1665, 1615 and 1633 are included under the topic Early Sparrowe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sparrowe Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Sparrow, Sparrowe, Sparow and others.
Early Notables of the Sparrowe family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Anthony Sparrow (1612-1685), English Anglican priest, Bishop of Norwich (1676-1685) and Bishop of Exeter (1667-1676.) Born at Depden, near Bury St. Edmunds, he was the son of Samuel Sparrow, a man of wealth. "The rectory of Hawkedon in Suffolk was conferred upon Sparrow about 1648, but, after holding it for five weeks, he was ejected for reading the Book of Common Prayer. In 1660 he was reinstated, and was...
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Migration of the Sparrowe family to Ireland
Some of the Sparrowe family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sparrowe migration to the United States +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Sparrowe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Sparrowe, who arrived in Virginia in 1658 
Sparrowe Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Albert Chas. Sparrowe, aged 51, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1920
- John Edwin Sparrowe, aged 60, who landed in America from Torquay, England, in 1922
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The Sparrowe 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: In solo Deo salus
Motto Translation: Salvation is in God alone.
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- ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ 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)