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Origins Available: English, Scottish

Where did the English Spruill family come from? What is the English Spruill family crest and coat of arms? When did the Spruill family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Spruill family history?


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.


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.


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


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.


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


  • Ezekiel Stephen "Zeke" Spruill (b. 1989), American Major League Baseball pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks
  • James "Jimmy" Spruill (1934-1996), nicknamed Wild Jimmy Spruill, an American New York based session guitarist active in the 1950s and 1960s
  • Benjamin Spruill, American politician, Member of the North Carolina General Assembly of 1779
  • Colonel Hezekiah Spruill (1732-1804), early American planter in Tyrrell County, North Carolina, Member of the North Carolina Provincial Congress
  • Joseph Spruill (b. 1690), American politician, Major of the Tyrrell County, North Carolina, militia, magistrate and supervisor, son of immigrant Dr. Godfrey Spruill
  • Samuel Spruill, American politician, Member of the Provincial Assembly of North Carolina from 1754 until his death in 1760
  • Hezekiah G. Spruill (1808-1874), American general in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War


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

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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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.

This page was last modified on 28 November 2014 at 15:50.

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