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The name Spring is of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was name for a young or very active individual, which was originally derived from the Old English word spring literally meaning the season spring. 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. This nickname surname was used to describe the original bearers character as it related to the young shoots in the ground when they would rise from the earth in the spring.

Spring Early Origins



The surname Spring was first found in Suffolk where they were major landowners in East Anglia seated from very ancient times, as Lords of the manor of Lavenham, the family were important merchants in the cloth and wool trade during the Middle Ages. The Spring or DeFonte family claim descendancy through Norman, Peter, William, Hugh de Fonte in Normandy who were listed there in a census (1180-1195.) The earliest record of the name in England was found c. 1198 when Reginald and Emma de Fonte were listed there at that time. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
Houghton Le Side in Durham was an ancient family seat. "The vill was a portion of the inheritance of the early lords of Raby, and was granted by Robert Fitz-Mildred to the Springs, of whom Sir John Spring was, in 1312, murdered in his manorhouse here by Robert Lascelles, of Yorkshire." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
and nearby in Houghton Le Spring more early evidence of the family was found. "This place, which takes its name from a family to whom it belonged soon after the Conquest, is one of the great manors of the see of Durham." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Spring Spelling Variations


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Spring Spelling Variations



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 Spring have been found, including Spring, Springe, Springs, Springes, Springer and others.

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Spring Early History


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Spring Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spring research. Another 347 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1369, 1369, 1390, 1311, 1313, 1474, 1523, 1547, 1599, 1578, 1579, 1637, 1597, 1613, 1654, 1646, 1648, 1654, 1642, 1684, 1679, 1684, 1672, 1704, 1697, 1737, 1674, 1740 and 1769 are included under the topic Early Spring History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Spring Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Spring Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Thomas Spring (c.1474-1523), also referred to as Thomas Spring III, and Thomas Spring of Lavenham, an English clothier in Suffolk and one of the richest men in England at the time; Sir John Spring (d. 1547), of Lavenham, Buxhall, Hitcham, and Cockfield, Suffolk, was an...

Another 103 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Spring Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Spring In Ireland


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Spring In Ireland



Some of the Spring family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 41 words (3 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



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. Among the first immigrants of the name Spring, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were:

Spring Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry, Eleanor, John and his son John, Mary, and William Spring all settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1634
  • Robert Spring, who arrived in Virginia in 1634
  • Jos Spring, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Rose Spring, who arrived in Maryland in 1651
  • Ro Spring, who landed in Virginia in 1652
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Spring Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mardling Spring, aged 23, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1735
  • Andreas Spring, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Jacob Spring, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1747
  • Nicklas Spring, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Johan Caspar Spring, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Spring Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Spring, aged 22, landed in Massachusetts in 1813
  • George Spring arrived in New York in 1822 with a child
  • Alexander T Spring, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1824
  • Alexander Thompson Spring, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1826
  • Jabez Spring, aged 16, landed in New York in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Spring Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Catherine Spring, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1830
  • Edmund Spring, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1837 aboard the barque "Robert Watt" from Cork, Ireland
  • Catherine Spring, aged 24, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1837 aboard the barque "Robert Watt" from Cork, Ireland

Spring Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Edward Spring, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  • Caroline Spring arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Ramillies" in 1849

Spring Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Spring landed in Wanganui, New Zealand in 1843
  • Charles Spring, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • William Spring, aged 44, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • Sophia Spring, aged 44, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • John Spring, aged 15, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Spring (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Spring (post 1700)



  • Jack Russell Spring (1933-2015), American Major League Baseball relief pitcher
  • Justin Edward Spring (b. 1984), American bronze medalist gymnast a the 2008 Summer Olympics, son of Sherwood Spring
  • George Edward Spring (1859-1917), American lawyer and politician, Member of the New York State Senate (1915-1917)
  • William Big Spring, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Montana, 1972
  • H. G. Spring, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1912
  • George E. Spring, American Democrat politician, Chair of Tazewell County Democratic Party, 1950
  • George E. Spring, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Senate 51st District, 1915-17; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1916
  • Francis L. Spring, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Granby, 1928, 1930
  • E. B. Spring, American politician, Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, 1897-99
  • David W. Spring, American politician, Member of North Carolina House of Commons from Franklin County, 1848-49
  • ... (Another 16 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Spring Historic Events


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Spring Historic Events




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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Non mihi sed patriae
Motto Translation: Not for myself, but for my country.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817

Other References

  1. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  3. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  5. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  6. 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.
  7. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  8. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  10. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
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The Spring Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Spring 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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