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Origins Available: English, Scottish


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The surname Sproul was first found in Dumbartonshire in central Scotland where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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


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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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  1. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  6. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
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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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