Spring History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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.

Early Origins of the Spring family

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] 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] 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]

Important Dates for the Spring family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spring research. Another 174 words (12 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Spring family (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 English merchant and politician; Sir William Spring of Lavenham (died 1599), an English politician and merchant, High Sheriff of Suffolk in 1578-1579; Sir William Spring of...
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Migration of the Spring family to Ireland

Some of the Spring family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Spring migration to the United States

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, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1634
  • Robert Spring, who arrived in Virginia in 1634 [3]
  • Jos Spring, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [3]
  • Rose Spring, who arrived in Maryland in 1651 [3]
  • Ro Spring, who landed in Virginia in 1652 [3]
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Spring Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mardling Spring, aged 23, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1735 [3]
  • Andreas Spring, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743 [3]
  • Jacob Spring, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1747 [3]
  • Nicklas Spring, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750 [3]
  • Johan Caspar Spring, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751 [3]
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Spring Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alexander Spring, aged 22, who landed in Massachusetts in 1813 [3]
  • George Spring, who arrived in New York in 1822 with a child
  • Alexander T Spring, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1824 [3]
  • Alexander Thompson Spring, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1826 [3]
  • Jabez Spring, aged 16, who landed in New York in 1849 [3]
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Spring migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Spring Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Catherine Spring, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1830
  • Edmund Spring, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1837 aboard the barque "Robert Watt" from Cork, Ireland
  • Catherine Spring, aged 24, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1837 aboard the barque "Robert Watt" from Cork, Ireland

Spring migration to Australia

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

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 [4]
  • Caroline Spring, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Ramillies" in 1849 [5]

Spring 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:

Spring Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Spring, who landed in Wanganui, New Zealand in 1843
  • Mr. Thomas Spring, Australian settler travelling from Hobart, Tasmania, Australia aboard the ship "Bandicoot" arriving in New Zealand in 1846 [6]
  • Mr. Charles Spring, (b. 1835), aged 21, British settler travelling from Liverpool aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 19th December 1856 [7]
  • Charles Spring, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • William Spring, aged 44, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
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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 [8]
  • Colonel (USAF, Ret.) Sherwood Clark "Woody" Spring (b. 1944), former NASA astronaut, recipient of Distinguished Flying Cross, two Bronze Stars and Meritorious Service Medal and other awards [9]
  • H. G. Spring, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1912 [10]
  • George E. Spring, American Democrat politician, Chair of Tazewell County Democratic Party, 1950 [10]
  • 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 [10]
  • Francis L. Spring, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Granby, 1928, 1930 [10]
  • E. B. Spring, American politician, Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, 1897-99 [10]
  • ... (Another 16 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Spring family

Bismarck
  • Paul Spring (1912-1941), German Funkmaat Res. who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [11]
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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. ^ 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)
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAMILIES 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Ramillies.htm
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, March 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ NASA Astronauts Homepage. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Sherwood Spring. Retrieved from http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/spring-sc.html
  10. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  11. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details
  12. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
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