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The distinguished surname Spry originated in Cornwall, a region of southwest England that is celebrated in the Arthurian romances of the Middle Ages. Though surnames became common during medieval times, English people were formerly known only by a single name. Under the Feudal System of government, surnames evolved and they often reflected life on the manor and in the field. Nickname surnames were rare among the Cornish, they did occasionally adopt names that reflected the physical characteristics or other attributes of the original bearer of the name. The name Spry is a nickname type of surname for a person who is lively and alert. Tracing the origin of the name further, we found the name Spry was originally from the Old English word spray, of the same meaning.

Spry Early Origins



The surname Spry was first found in Cornwall, at St. Anthony in Roseland, a parish, in the union of Truro, W. division of the hundred of Powder. "The living is a donative, in the patronage of the family of Spry: the tithes have been commuted for 118. The church, beautifully situated on the border of a navigable lake separating this parish from St. Mawes, contains some handsome monuments to the Spry family, of which one, by Westmacott, is to the memory of Sir Richard Spry, Rear-Admiral of the White." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Alternatively, the family could have originated in Spreyton in Devon.

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Spry Spelling Variations


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Spry Spelling Variations



Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Spry, Spray, Spre, Spraye, Sprye, Sprey, Sprie and many more.

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Spry Early History


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Spry Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spry research. Another 243 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1485, 1627, 1612, 1685, 1660 and 1663 are included under the topic Early Spry History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Spry Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Spry Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Spry Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Spry or a variant listed above:

Spry Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Spry who settled in Virginia in 1648
  • William Spry, who landed in Virginia in 1648
  • Aba Spry, who landed in Maryland in 1670
  • Christopher Spry, who arrived in Maryland in 1675

Spry Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Francis Spry settled in North Carolina in 1701

Spry Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Spry was a Surgeon of St. John's, Newfoundland in 1753 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Spry Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Spry settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1802 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • John Spry settled in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland in 1824 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • John Spry settled in Northern Bay, Newfoundland in 1838 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Spry Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Spry, English convict from Devon, who was transported aboard the "America" on December 30, 1830, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1830 with 135 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1830
  • Thomas Spry, aged 34, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Himalaya"
  • John Spry, aged 19, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Thomas Arbuthnot"
  • Nathaniel Spry, aged 18, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Gilmore"
  • Asket Spry, aged 21, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Gilmore"

Spry Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Jane Spry, aged 21, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1878

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Contemporary Notables of the name Spry (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Spry (post 1700)



  • William Spry (1864-1929), American Republican politician, Member of Utah State House of Representatives, 1903-06; Governor of Utah, 1909-17; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Utah, 1912, 1916; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Utah, 1918
  • Clyde Spry (1889-1961), American Republican politician, Iowa Secretary of agriculture, 1950-61; Appointed 1950
  • Sir Samuel Thomas Spry (1804-1868), English politician, M.P. for Bodmin, and High Sheriff of Cornwall in 1849
  • Thomas Spry (d. 1828), English Admiral
  • Major-General William Frederick Spry (1770-1814), English Army officer
  • William Spry (1734-1802), English military officer, made a Lieutenant-General (1799)
  • Admiral Sir Richard Spry (1715-1775), British Royal Navy officer who served as Commander-in-Chief, North American Station
  • Major-General Daniel Charles Spry (1913-1989), Canadian Vice Chief General Staff
  • Sir Charles Spry (b. 1910), Australian Army Brigadier, Director General of Australian Intelligence (1950-1970)
  • Robin Spry (1939-2005), Canadian filmmaker and television producer
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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: Soyez sage et simple
Motto Translation: Be wise and simple.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1830 with 135 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1830

Other References

  1. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  6. 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).
  7. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  8. 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).
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  11. ...

The Spry Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Spry 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 30 November 2016 at 09:43.

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