The name Sprech has a history dating as far back as the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It was a name for a person who because of their physical abilities was referred to as sprack.
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.
Early Origins of the Sprech family
The surname Sprech 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
in 1327 and Alice Sprakes was listed in Somerset
in 1359. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early History of the Sprech family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sprech research.Another 117 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1618, 1684, 1725 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Sprech History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sprech Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Sprech have been found, including Spragg, Spragge, Sprague, Sprake, Sprigg, Spriggs and many more.
Early Notables of the Sprech family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sprech family to Ireland
Some of the Sprech 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.
Migration of the Sprech family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Sprech, or a variant listed above: John Spragg who settled in New England
in 1765; Richard Spragg arrived in Philadelphia in 1814; Anna, Francis, Jonathon, Mercy, Ralph, Richard and William Sprague all settled in Plymouth Massachusetts in 1623.