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The origins of the Anglo-Saxon name Sprecher come from its first bearer, who was 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.

Sprecher Early Origins



The surname Sprecher 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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Sprecher Spelling Variations


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Sprecher Spelling Variations



The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Sprecher has been spelled many different ways, including Spragg, Spragge, Sprague, Sprake, Sprigg, Spriggs and many more.

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Sprecher Early History


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Sprecher Early History



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

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Sprecher Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sprecher Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Sprecher In Ireland


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Sprecher In Ireland



Some of the Sprecher 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



Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Sprechers to arrive in North America:

Sprecher Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johan Christoph Sprecher, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1748
  • Hans Georg Sprecher, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751
  • Jacob Sprecher, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751
  • Johann Chris Sprecher, who landed in America in 1751
  • Johann Christoph Sprecher, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sprecher Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Christian Sprecher, aged 32, landed in New York, NY in 1878

Sprecher Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Carl Sprecher, aged 3, landed in New York, NY in 1902
  • Charlotta Sprecher, aged 23, arrived in New York, NY in 1902
  • Mathilda Sprecher, aged 1, landed in New York, NY in 1902

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sprecher (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sprecher (post 1700)



  • Randal Sprecher, American founder of Sprecher Brewery, a brewery in Glendale, Wisconsin, Milwaukee's first craft brewery since Prohibition
  • Samuel Sprecher (b. 1849), American educator, President of Wittenberg University
  • Robert Arthur Sprecher (1917-1982), American jurist, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (19711982)
  • Lorrie Sprecher (b. 1960), American writer, musician, and activist
  • Jill Sprecher, American film director, producer and writer
  • Ben Sprecher, American Broadway producer and general manager, known for his work on Voices in the Dark (1999), Fortune's Fool (2002), Sly Fox (2004), Mark Twain Tonight! (2005), The Odd Couple (20052006) and Legends (20062007)

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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. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  4. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  6. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  11. ...

The Sprecher Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sprecher 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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