Spradling History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Spradling is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was a name for someone who was a person who because of their physical abilities was referred to as sprack. This nickname surname was used to denote those individuals who were agile and quite lively. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.

Early Origins of the Spradling family

The surname Spradling was first found in Suffolk where Reginald Sprag is listed in Suffolk in 1303. This is generally considered to be the first record of the family. A few years later, Richard Sprak was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Suffolk in 1327 and Alice Sprakes was listed in Somerset in 1359. [1]

Early History of the Spradling family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spradling research. Another 59 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1618, 1684, 1725, 1720, 1655, 1695, 1620, 1673, 1645, 1673, 1673, 1677, 1677, 1919, 1944 and 1946 are included under the topic Early Spradling History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Spradling Spelling Variations

Spradling has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Spradling have been found, including Spragg, Spragge, Sprague, Sprake, Sprigg, Spriggs and many more.

Early Notables of the Spradling family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Rev. Harvey Spragg of Essex; Joshua Sprigg or Sprigge (1618-1684), an English Independent theologian and preacher, chaplain to Sir Thomas Fairfax; and Francis Spriggs (died 1725), a British pirate active...
Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Spradling Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Spradling family to Ireland

Some of the Spradling family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 113 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Spradling family

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Spradlings to arrive on North American shores: John Spragg who settled in New England in 1765; Richard Spragg arrived in Philadelphia in 1814; Anna, Francis, Jonathon, Mercy, Ralph, Richard and William Sprague all settled in Plymouth Massachusetts in 1623.


Contemporary Notables of the name Spradling (post 1700) +

  • Allan C. Spradling (b. 1949), American scientist, principal investigator at the Carnegie Institution for Science
  • J. M. Spradling, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1908 [2]
  • Hattie Spradling, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1952 [2]
  • Brandan Spradling, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arizona, 2008 [2]
  • Albert M. Spradling Jr., American Democrat politician, Member of Missouri State Senate 27th District, 1952; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1956 [2]


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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