Early Origins of the Sparrowhawk family
The surname Sparrowhawk 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print CITATION[CLOSE]
Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Sparrowhawk family
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Sparrowhawk Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Sparrowhawk family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sparrowhawk family to Ireland
Some of the Sparrowhawk family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Sparrowhawk family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Thomas Sparrow who settled in Virginia in 1636; Judith Sparrow settled in Barbados with her children and servants in 1680; John Sparrow settled in Virginia in 1653.
Contemporary Notables of the name Sparrowhawk (post 1700)
- Jennifer Sparrowhawk, American actress and assistant director, known for The Messengers (2007), The Shortcut (2009) and I Heart Regina (2010)
- Len Sparrowhawk (b. 1979), American actor, known for Zulu Dawn, Lethal Woman (1988) and Never Say Die (1994)
- Anne Sparrowhawk, English researcher, co-author of Report on the educational use of games (2002)
- J Sparrowhawk, British author of International Journal of Tourism and Understanding the motivations of ecotourists: The case of trekkers in Annapurna, Nepal (2002)
The Sparrowhawk 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.