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The name Sprague was formed many centuries ago by the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name typically 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.

Sprague Early Origins



The surname Sprague 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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Sprague Spelling Variations


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Sprague Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Sprague include Spragg, Spragge, Sprague, Sprake, Sprigg, Spriggs and many more.

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Sprague Early History


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Sprague Early History



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

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Sprague Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sprague Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Sprague In Ireland


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Sprague In Ireland



Some of the Sprague 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



A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Sprague Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Anna, Francis, Jonathon, Mercy, Ralph, Richard, and William Sprague all settled in Plymouth Massachusetts in 1623
  • Mrs. Sprague, who landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1623
  • Francis Sprague, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1623
  • Ralph Sprague, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1628
  • William Sprague, who arrived in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1629
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sprague Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Lorain Sprague, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • T M Sprague, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • G W Sprague, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • C S Sprague, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • F B Sprague, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1855
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sprague Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Samuel Sprague, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Rowland Sprague, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760

Sprague Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Sylvinus Sprague, who arrived in Canada in 1831
  • Foster N Sprague, who landed in Canada in 1836

Sprague Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Sprague arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Theresa" in 1847
  • John Sprague, aged 20, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Royal Albert"
  • Thomas Sprague, aged 18, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Royal Albert"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sprague (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sprague (post 1700)



  • Thomas Lamison Sprague (1894-1972), American vice admiral of the United States Navy, Commander of the aircraft carrier Intrepid (CV-11)
  • John Wilson Sprague (1817-1894), American general in the Union Army during the American Civil War, recipient of the Medal of Honor
  • Lucian C. Sprague (1882-1960), American railroad executive
  • George Able Sprague (1871-1963), American businessman and politician, Mayor of Dallas 1935-1937
  • Charles Arthur Sprague (1887-1969), American politician, the 22nd Governor of the US state of Oregon from 1939 to 1943
  • Charles Franklin Sprague (1857-1902), American politician, U.S. Representative from Massachusetts (1897-1901)
  • Carl T. "Doc" Sprague (1895-1979), American country musician, often referred to as the "The Original Singing Cowboy"
  • Mortimer "Bud" Sprague (1904-1973), American college football player inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1970
  • William Sprague (1609-1675), one of the first American settlers
  • Peter Tripp Sprague (b. 1955), critically acclaimed American jazz guitarist and composer
  • ... (Another 76 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Sprague Historic Events


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Sprague Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Thomas William Sprague, British Boatswain from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914

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Suggested Readings for the name Sprague


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Suggested Readings for the name Sprague



  • Ancestors of Moses Belcher, Bass, Born in Boston, July 1735, died January 31, 1817 by Susan Augusta Smith.
  • One Branch of the Sprague Family by Gordon Harvey Sprague.

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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. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  7. 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).
  8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  9. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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The Sprague Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sprague 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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