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Early Origins of the Spraggins family

The surname Spraggins 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 Spraggins family

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Spraggins Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Spraggins family

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Spraggins Ranking

In the United States, the name Spraggins is the 9,083rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 5

Migration of the Spraggins family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Charlotte Spracklin who gave her name to Charlottetown in Bona Vista Bay, Newfoundland, whose family settled at Brigus, Newfoundland, about 1702; there is a Sprackling Island in Labrador.

Contemporary Notables of the name Spraggins (post 1700) +

  • Warren Bruce Spraggins (1939-2021), American professional basketball player who played from 1961 to 1971
  • Reggie Spraggins, American Democratic Party politician, Chair of Tallapoosa County Democratic Party, 2003 6
  • Marianne C. Spraggins, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008; Member of Democratic National Committee from New York, 2004-08 6

  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. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  6. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from on Facebook