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Spragge is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was a name given to 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.

Spragge Early Origins



The surname Spragge 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)

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Spragge Spelling Variations


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Spragge Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Spragge were recorded, including Spragg, Spragge, Sprague, Sprake, Sprigg, Spriggs and many more.

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Spragge Early History


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Spragge Early History



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

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Spragge Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Spragge Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Spragge In Ireland


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Spragge In Ireland



Some of the Spragge 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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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Spragge family emigrate to North America:

Spragge Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Edward Spragge, who landed in Virginia in 1650
  • Mary Spragge, who arrived in Maryland in 1661

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Contemporary Notables of the name Spragge (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Spragge (post 1700)



  • George W. Spragge, Canadian Archivist of Ontario (1950-1963)
  • Bridgadier General John John "Jock" Spragge DSO, OBE, ED, (b. 1907), Canadian commanding officer of the Queen's Own Rifles on D-Day and in August 1944, Officer Commanding 7th Canadian Infantry Brigade
  • Ida Randolph Spragge (1888-1975), birth name of Ida Randolph Costain, Canadian wife of Thomas B. Costain, the Canadian journalist and best-selling author of historical novels
  • John Godfrey Spragge, Canadian Chief Justice of Upper Canada, Canadian Treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1850

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Spragge Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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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. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  3. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  4. 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.
  5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  7. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  8. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  10. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
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The Spragge Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Spragge 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 21 October 2015 at 14:07.

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