The earliest origins of the family name Sprock date back to the Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It was a name given to a person who because of their physical abilities was referred to as sprack.
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 Sprock family
The surname Sprock 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
in 1327 and Alice Sprakes was listed in Somerset
in 1359. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early History of the Sprock family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sprock research.Another 117 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1618, 1684, 1725 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Sprock History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sprock Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Sprock include Spragg, Spragge, Sprague, Sprake, Sprigg, Spriggs and many more.
Early Notables of the Sprock family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sprock family to Ireland
Some of the Sprock 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.
Migration of the Sprock family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: John Spragg who settled in New England
in 1765; Richard Spragg arrived in Philadelphia in 1814; Anna, Francis, Jonathon, Mercy, Ralph, Richard and William Sprague all settled in Plymouth Massachusetts in 1623.