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Origins Available: English, Scottish


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The surname Spruill 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 Spruill 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 Spruill History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Spruill 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:

Spruill Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Dr. Godfrey Spruill, (c.1650-1719), Scottish physician who emigrated 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

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  • 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
  • Ezekiel Stephen "Zeke" Spruill (b. 1989), American Major League Baseball pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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  • Gabriel Spruill of Carroll County, Georgia by Clarice S. Cox.
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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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  7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  8. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  9. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
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The Spruill Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Spruill 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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