Spriggs History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Spriggs family

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]

Early History of the Spriggs family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spriggs research. Another 59 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1618, 1684, 1725, 1720, 1655, 1695, 1620, 1673, 1645, 1673, 1673, 1677, 1677, 1919, 1944 and 1946 are included under the topic Early Spriggs History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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.

Early Notables of the Spriggs family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Rev. Harvey Spragg of Essex; Joshua Sprigg or Sprigge (1618-1684), an English Independent theologian and preacher, chaplain to Sir Thomas Fairfax; and Francis Spriggs (died 1725), a British pirate active...
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Ireland Migration of the Spriggs family to Ireland

Some of the Spriggs family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 113 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Spriggs migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. 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 [2]
Spriggs Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Spriggs, who arrived in New York in 1834 [2]

Canada Spriggs migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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 [3]

Australia Spriggs migration to Australia +

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

Spriggs Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Spriggs, aged 21, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Trafalgar" [4]
  • William Spriggs, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1849 [4]

New Zealand Spriggs migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Spriggs Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Spriggs, (b. 1823), aged 36, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mary Anne" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th August 1859 [5]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Spriggs, (b. 1834), aged 25, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mary Anne" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th August 1859 [5]

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 [6]
  • John J. Spriggs, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 5th District, 1907 [6]
  • John Spriggs Jr., American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wyoming, 1952 [6]
  • Edgar M. Spriggs, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Montana 2nd District, 1944, 1946 [6]
  • 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 [6]
  • B. F. Spriggs, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1876 [6]
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The TRAFALGAR 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Trafalgar.htm
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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