Spracklin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Spracklin family

The surname Spracklin was first found in London where one of the first records of the family appeared in the Latin form of the name as Sprachelingus in the Pipe Rolls of 1130. A few years later in Kent, the family was again listed in in the Pipe Rolls there in 1200 as Sprakelingus. Robertus filius Sprakeling was listed in the early Pipe Rolls of Worcester in 1204. The Pipe Rolls of Norfolk listed Vnspac Spracheling in 1166 and John, Gervase Sprakeling was listed in Worcester in the Pipe Rolls in 1204. [1]

The name is generally understood to have been derived from the Old English Spracaling, an anglicizing of the Viking word Sprakaleggr, "man with the creaking legs." [1]

Another source claims the "surname is derived from the name of an ancestor. 'the son of Sparkling'. " [2] This latter source also lists Robertus Esprakelin in Cornwall, temp. Henry III. (during the reign of King Henry III) and Kirby's Quest lists "Geoffrey Sparkelyng, in Somerset, 1 Edward III," [3] (during the first year of Edward III's reign.)

These latter two listings in Somerset and Cornwall in south western England are significant as they may explain how some of the family would many years later emigrate to Newfoundland in the 18th century. There the family was principally found in Brigus. Today Spracklings (or Spracklins) Island is found in Labrador. [4]

Early History of the Spracklin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spracklin research. Another 69 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Spracklin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Spracklin Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Spracklin, Spracklyn, Spracklyng, Sprackling and others.

Early Notables of the Spracklin family (pre 1700)

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United States Spracklin migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Spracklin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Wilbert Spracklin, aged 23, who landed in America, in 1904
  • Samuel Harris Spracklin, aged 19, who settled in America, in 1917
  • Edward Spracklin, aged 50, who landed in America, in 1918
  • Harry Spracklin, aged 19, who immigrated to the United States, in 1918
  • Ralph W. Spracklin, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1920

Canada Spracklin migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Spracklin Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Charlotte Spracklin who gave her name to Charlottetown in Bona Vista Bay, Newfoundland, whose family settled at Brigus, Newfoundland, about 1702 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Spracklin (post 1700) +

  • T Spracklin, American doubles tennis player at the 2001 Legg Mason Tennis Classic
  • George Spracklin, Canadian businessman, former co-owner of World View Multicultural, a Canadian regional premium television service based in British Columbia
  • Wilcox Spracklin, first Waymaster at Harbour Grace Junction, Newfoundland
  • The Reverend J O L Spracklin, Canadian Methodist minister from Windsor, Ontario who shot and killed a man who was engaged in the illicit liquor trade during Prohibition and was later acquitted of manslaughter


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  4. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland Montreal: McGill's-Queen's University Press 1998. Print. (ISBN 0-7735-1782-0)
  5. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0


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