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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]

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.

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Another 85 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Spragg Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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.

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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 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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  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. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  7. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  10. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
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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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