Spruill History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Spruill surname is generally thought to be a habitational name for one who came from "Spreull," a now extinct parish in Scotland. It is also possible that this surname is of nickname origin, derived from the Middle English word "spraule" indicating "one who walked or moved in a jerky or convulsive manner."

Early Origins of the Spruill family

The surname Spruill was first found in Dumbartonshire, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects. The name was first found on record in documents dating from the 13th century.

Early History of the Spruill family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spruill research. Another 119 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1280, 1296, 1368, 1646, and 1722 are included under the topic Early Spruill History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Spruill Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Spruill family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Spruill family to Ireland

Some of the Spruill family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 86 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Spruill migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Spruill Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Dr. Godfrey Spruill, (c.1650-1719), Scottish physician who immigrated to Virginia before 1684, moving to Tyrrell County, North Carolina to receive a grant for 640 acres, he was the first doctor in North Carolina

Contemporary Notables of the name Spruill (post 1700) +

  • Lionell Spruill, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 2004, 2008; Member of Democratic National Committee from Virginia, 2008; Elected Virginia State House of Delegates 77th District 2011 [1]
  • James Alexander Spruill, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1924; Member of South Carolina State Senate from Chesterfield County, 1925-26 [1]
  • Frank S. Spruill, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1888; Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives from Franklin County, 1893-94 [1]
  • C. Wayland Spruill, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1952 (alternate), 1956 [1]
  • Hezekiah G. Spruill (1808-1874), American general in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War
  • Samuel Spruill, American politician, Member of the Provincial Assembly of North Carolina from 1754 until his death in 1760
  • Joseph Spruill (b. 1690), American politician, Major of the Tyrrell County, North Carolina, militia, magistrate and supervisor, son of immigrant Dr. Godfrey Spruill
  • Colonel Hezekiah Spruill (1732-1804), early American planter in Tyrrell County, North Carolina, Member of the North Carolina Provincial Congress
  • Benjamin Spruill, American politician, Member of the North Carolina General Assembly of 1779
  • James "Jimmy" Spruill (1934-1996), nicknamed Wild Jimmy Spruill, an American New York based session guitarist active in the 1950s and 1960s
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Spruill Motto +

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.


Suggested Readings for the name Spruill +

  • 4294 "Gabriel Spruill of Carroll County, Georgia" by Clarice S. Cox.

  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, April 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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