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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2016

Origins Available: English, Scottish


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Spelling variations of this family name include: Sproul, Sproule, Sprool, Spreul, Sprewell, Spreull, Spreall, Sprall, Sproull and many more.

First found in Dumbartonshire in central Scotland where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sproul research. Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1280, 1296, 1336, 1366, 1368, 1580, 1676, and 1682 are included under the topic Early Sproul History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Sproul Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Sproul family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 230 words (16 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sproul Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Jane Sproul, who arrived in America in 1806
  • Mary Sproul, who landed in America in 1806
  • James C Sproul, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • John Sproul, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1811
  • Gaberial Sproul, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848


Sproul Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • James Sproul, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
  • Rebecca Sproul, aged 28, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
  • William Sproul, aged 6, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
  • Eliza Sproul, aged 4, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
  • John Sproul, aged 18 months, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833


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  • William Henry Sproul (1867-1932), U.S. Representative from Kansas
  • Robert Charles Sproul (b. 1939), American Calvinist theologian and pastor
  • Elliott Wilford Sproul (1856-1935), U.S. Representative from Illinois
  • Allan Sproul (1896-1978), American banker, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York from 19411956
  • Robert Gordon Sproul (1891-1975), American Republican politician, President, University of California, 1930-58; Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1948
  • Martin Sproul, American politician, Representative from California 7th District, 2000
  • John Roach Sproul, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1928
  • James W. Sproul, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1888
  • Hugh B. Sproul, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1924
  • Elliott Wilford Sproul (1856-1935), American Republican politician,Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1920; U.S. Representative from Illinois 3rd District, 1921-31

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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: Manet in aeterum
Motto Translation: It endureth forever.

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  2. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
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  6. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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The Sproul Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sproul 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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