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Early Origins of the Sprott family

The surname Sprott was first found in Derbyshire where the Domesday Book of 1086 lists the name was "derived from the name of an ancestor. 'the son of Sprot,'" [1]

From this earliest record, some of the family were found in Yorkshire as evidenced by Sprot de Spaldintona who was listed there in the Pipe Rolls of 1176. The same rolls also listed Willelmus filius Sprot at that time. [1]

By the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273, the name was scattered through ancient Britain: Henry Sprot, Cambridgeshire; Richard Sprot, Oxfordshire; and Simon Sprot, Bedfordshire. [2] Kirby's Quest listed "John Sprot, Somerset, 1 Edward III" (during the first year's reign of King Edward III.) [3]

Further to the north in Scotland, the name was "perhaps from Sprot, an Old English personal name, but more likely to be of Scandinavian origin. The tradition of those bearing this name in Scotland is that their ancestors were Saxons who came into Scotland after the Norman Conquest of England. The first recorded of the name in Scotland appears to be Hugh Sprot of Ur who witnessed a charter by Eustace Baliol granting the church and lands of Hur (Urr) in 1262 to the monks of Holyrood. " [4]

Back in England, Thomas Sprott or Spott (fl. 1270), was an English historian and monk of St. Augustine's, Canterbury, and wrote a history of that foundation at that time. [5]

Early History of the Sprott family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sprott research. Another 157 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1290, 1443, 1449, 1582, 1594, 1600, 1608, 1616, 1623, 1628 and 1666 are included under the topic Early Sprott History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sprott Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Sproat, Sprot, Sprott, Sprout and others.

Early Notables of the Sprott family

Notables of this surname at this time include:

  • William Sprot of Aberdeen; and Blessed Thomas Sprott (Spratt) (d. 1600), an English martyr
  • On the infamous side, George Sprott (d. 1608), was an English conspirator and alleged forger, practised as a notary at Eyemouth before and after 1600. "About that year he seems to have made the acquai...

Ireland Migration of the Sprott family to Ireland

Some of the Sprott 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.

United States Sprott migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sprott Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mary Sprott, who landed in America in 1714 [6]
Sprott Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mark Sprott, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812 [6]
  • John Sprott who arrived in Philadelphia in 1855

Australia Sprott migration to Australia +

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

Sprott Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Charles Sprott, (b. 1792), aged 23, Scottish shoe maker who was convicted in Glasgow, Scotland for 14 years, transported aboard the "Fanny" on 25th August 1815, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • Mr. Charles Sprott, English convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Emperor Alexander"on 6th April 1833, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Sprott (post 1700) +

  • Samuel W. Sprott, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1864; Postmaster at Auburn, Indiana, 1867 [9]
  • John T. Sprott (b. 1933), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Swaziland, 1993-96 [9]
  • Donald P. Sprott, American Democratic Party politician, Postmaster at Auburn, Indiana, 1941-48 (acting, 1941) [9]
  • Julien Clinton Sprott, American professor of physics who teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Michael Sprott (b. 1975), English professional heavyweight boxer from Reading, Berkshire
  • Adrian Sprott (1962-2023), Scottish footballer who played as a defender or winger in 593 matches for Meadowbank Thistle, Hamilton Academical and Stenhousemuir
  • Rt. Rev. John Sprott, Bishop of Brechin

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  4. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  5. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  6. 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)
  7. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 28th September 2022).
  8. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 11th April 2022).
  9. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, April 29) . Retrieved from on Facebook