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The Anglo-Saxon name Spragg comes from its first bearer, 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.

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The surname Spragg 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Spragg has been spelled many different ways, including Spragg, Spragge, Sprague, Sprake, Sprigg, Spriggs and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spragg research. Another 117 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1618, 1684, 1725 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Spragg History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Spragg Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Spragg family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 215 words (15 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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Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Spraggs to arrive in North America:

Spragg Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Spragg, who arrived in Virginia in 1665
  • William Spragg, who arrived in Maryland in 1678

Spragg Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Theodocia Spragg, who landed in Virginia in 1702
  • John Spragg who settled in New England in 1765

Spragg Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Richard Spragg arrived in Philadelphia in 1814

Spragg Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Caleb Spragg U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784
  • Mr. Richard Spragg U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784
  • Mr. Thomas Spragg U.E. (b. 1730) who settled in Springfield, Kings County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he died in 1812

Spragg Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Frances Spragg, English convict from Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia

Spragg Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Charles Spragg arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ulcoats" in 1864
  • Mary Spragg arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ulcoats" in 1864
  • Elijah Spragg arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ulcoats" in 1864
  • Emma Spragg arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ulcoats" in 1864
  • Martha Spragg arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ulcoats" in 1864
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  • Wesley Spragg (1848-1930), English-born, New Zealand butter manufacturer and exporter
  • Laura Spragg (b. 1982), English cricket player
  • Alonzo Stephen "Lonnie" Spragg (1879-1904), Australian rugby union player
  • Warren Spragg (b. 1982), Italian Rugby Union international
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Citations



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

Other References

  1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  2. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  6. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  10. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
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The Spragg Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Spragg 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.

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