Spratley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Spratley family

The surname Spratley was first found in Dorset, where the name appeared in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Sprott, which was later changed to Spratt. The family branched into Devon and they also branched to Wareham in Dorset.

One source notes that the name could have been derived from "sprot (twig or small branch); one thought to possess some characteristic of a sprat (fish); dweller at the sign of the sprat. " [1]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had various entries for the name in various counties: Henry Sprot, Cambridgeshire; Richard Sprot, Oxfordshire; and Simon Sprot in Bedfordshire. John Sprot was listed in Somerset, 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign. [2]

Agnes Sproate was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 and later John Sprott de Surlingham, Norfolk was listed in the History of Norfolk. [3]

Much further to the north in Scotland, the name there was "perhaps from Sprot, an Old English personal name, but more likely to be of Scandinavian origin. The tradition of those bearing this name in Scotland is that their ancestors were Saxons who came into Scotland after the Norman Conquest of England. The first recorded of the name in Scotland appears to be Hugh Sprot of Ur who witnessed a charter by Eustace Baliol granting the church and lands of Hur (Urr) in 1262 to the monks of Holyrood. " [4]

"Jack Sprat" (or "Jack Spratt") is an English language nursery rhyme that was first published in 1639 in John Clarke's collection of sayings. The rhyme was then later reprinted in Mother Goose's Melody around 1765.

Early History of the Spratley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spratley research. Another 160 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1594, 1582, 1628, 1666, 1616, 1623, 1290, 1307, 1376, 1398, 1443, 1457, 1479, 1505, 1600, 1987, 1635, 1713, 1684, 1713 and are included under the topic Early Spratley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Spratley Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Spratt, Spratte, Sprat, Sprett, Spret, Sprott and others.

Early Notables of the Spratley family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Blessed Thomas Sprott (died 1600), also spelled Thomas Spratt, an English martyr from Skelsmergh, near Kendal in Westmorland; he was among the eighty-five martyrs of England...
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Ireland Migration of the Spratley family to Ireland

Some of the Spratley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Spratley migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Spratley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William W Spratley, who landed in Mississippi in 1895 [5]

Australia Spratley migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Spratley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Joseph Spratley, English convict who was convicted in Buckinghamshire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Asiatic" on 5th June 1819, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Mr. Jacob Spratley, English convict who was convicted in Southampton, Hampshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Enchantress"on 6th April 1833, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [7]
  • Thomas Spratley, English convict from Buckinghamshire, who was transported aboard the "Agincourt" on July 6, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Spratley (post 1700) +

  • William Albert Spratley, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Ohio, 1972
  • Ricardo Spratley, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Oporto, 1917
  • Claude V. Spratley Jr., American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, 1961-69
  • C. Vernon Spratley, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1916; Justice of Virginia State Supreme Court, 1936-40

  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  5. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th April 2022). https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/enchantress
  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Agincourt voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 226 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agincourt/1844

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