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The history of the name Spriggs begins in the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It was 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.

Spriggs Early Origins



The surname Spriggs 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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Spriggs Spelling Variations


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Spriggs Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Spriggs are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Spriggs include: Spragg, Spragge, Sprague, Sprake, Sprigg, Spriggs and many more.

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Spriggs Early History


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Spriggs Early History



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

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Spriggs Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Spriggs Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Spriggs In Ireland


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Spriggs In Ireland



Some of the Spriggs 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



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Spriggs or a variant listed above:

Spriggs Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Spriggs, who landed in Virginia in 1724

Spriggs Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Spriggs, who arrived in New York in 1834

Spriggs Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Ms. Ann Spriggs U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 502 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Spriggs Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Spriggs, aged 21, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Trafalgar"
  • William Spriggs arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1849

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Contemporary Notables of the name Spriggs (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Spriggs (post 1700)



  • Marcus Spriggs (b. 1974), former NFL offensive lineman
  • Larry Spriggs (b. 1959), American former professional basketball player
  • John T. Spriggs (1825-1888), U.S. Representative from New York
  • George Spriggs (b. 1937), American former professional baseball player
  • John J. Spriggs, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wyoming, 1916
  • John J. Spriggs, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 5th District, 1907
  • John Spriggs Jr., American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wyoming, 1952
  • Edgar M. Spriggs, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Montana 2nd District, 1944, 1946
  • Clarence Z. Spriggs, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Justice of New York Supreme Court 5th District, 1911; Prohibition Candidate for Lieutenant Governor of New York, 1916
  • B. F. Spriggs, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1876
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  2. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  3. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  9. 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.
  10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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The Spriggs Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Spriggs 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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