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The earliest origins of the name Sperling date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxons. The name 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.

Sperling Early Origins



The surname Sperling 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.

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Sperling Spelling Variations


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Sperling Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Sperling include Sparling, Sparlin, Sperling, Spurling, Spearling and others.

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Sperling Early History


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Sperling Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sperling research. Another 167 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1834 and 1809 are included under the topic Early Sperling History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sperling Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sperling Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Sperling Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sperling In Ireland


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Sperling In Ireland



Some of the Sperling family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 53 words (4 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



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Sperling or a variant listed above:

Sperling Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Peter Sperling, who arrived in the New World in 1709 at the age of 47 with his wife and six children
  • Peter Sperling, with his wife, three sons, and three daughters, landed in America in 1709
  • Peter Sperling, with his wife, three sons, and three daughters, who all landed in America in 1709
  • Andreas Sperling settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1767
  • Andreas Sperling, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1767
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sperling Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Sophie Sperling, who arrived in America in 1846
  • Gottfried Sperling, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850
  • John Sperling, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1868
  • Katharina Sperling, aged 24, landed in Nebraska in 1874
  • Peter Sperling, aged 8, arrived in Nebraska in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sperling (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sperling (post 1700)



  • John Sperling (1921-2014), American billionaire and University of Phoenix founder
  • Peter Sperling (b. 1960), one of the 400 wealthiest Americans, founder of the Apollo Group
  • Milton Sperling (1912-1988), American producer and screenwriter
  • Gene Sperling (b. 1958), American economist
  • Sheldon J. Sperling, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, 1990
  • Miklos Sperling, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1964
  • Herbert V. Sperling, American Republican politician, Candidate for Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Allegheny County 7th District, 1964
  • Ezra J. "Edward" Sperling (1889-1946), Belarus writer, humourist, and Zionist
  • Leon Sperling (1900-1941), Polish Olympic footballer

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    2. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    4. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    11. ...

    The Sperling Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sperling 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 11 November 2015 at 11:53.

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