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Sprake is a name whose history dates far back into the mists of early British times to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes. It is a name for 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.

Sprake Early Origins



The surname Sprake 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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Sprake Spelling Variations


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Sprake Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Sprake has been recorded under many different variations, including Spragg, Spragge, Sprague, Sprake, Sprigg, Spriggs and many more.

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Sprake Early History


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Sprake Early History



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

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Sprake Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sprake Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Sprake In Ireland


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Sprake In Ireland



Some of the Sprake 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



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Sprake or a variant listed above:

Sprake Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James and Mary Sprake settled in Virginia in 1663

Sprake Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Sprake, aged 52, arrived in Kentucky in 1812

Sprake Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • S. B. Sprake arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1870

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sprake (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sprake (post 1700)




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Sprake Family Crest Products


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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. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  2. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  4. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  5. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  6. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
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The Sprake Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sprake 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 25 October 2016 at 15:27.

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