Spurgeon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Spurgeon family

The surname Spurgeon was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat. The name is anciently found in that county as Spirigin, of unknown origin, but if not Saxon, then it may be Viking, or may possibly be associated with the Danegeld.

"This surname is derived from the name of an ancestor. 'the son of Sprigin.' There can be little doubt about this. It is evidently an old and long-forgotten Scandinavian personal name. Norfolk is the home. It occurs there so early as 1273. The spelling of the surname is imitative, a copy of surgeon." [1]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included: William Sprigin, Norfolk; and Simon Sprugin, Cambridgeshire. [1]

"The name of Spurgeon may be a corruption of Spigurnel, the name of an ancient family owning the manor of Stondon, Essex, in the 13th and 14th centuries (W.). Spygurnel and Spigurnel were Norfolk names in the 13th century, and Spugin occurred in Cambridgeshire at the same period (H. R.). According to Camden, a "spigurnel" was a sealer of writs, an office hereditary for a time to the Bohuns of Midhurst, Sussex. John Spurgeon was mayor of Yarmouth in 1698, and in 1762 Mr. Spurgion lived at Anmere in the same county of Norfolk (Blomefield's "Norfolk")." [2]

Early History of the Spurgeon family

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Spurgeon Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Spurgeon, Spurgin, Spurgon, Spugin, Spraging and many more.

Early Notables of the Spurgeon family (pre 1700)

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Spurgeon Ranking

In the United States, the name Spurgeon is the 4,545th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [3]


United States Spurgeon migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Spurgeon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • G. Spurgeon, aged 29, who immigrated to America, in 1893
Spurgeon Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Arthur Spurgeon, aged 47, who landed in America from Purley, England, in 1908
  • John Spurgeon, aged 43, who settled in America, in 1911
  • Lewis Spurgeon, aged 25, who landed in America from Liverpool, England, in 1913
  • Marie Spurgeon, aged 62, who immigrated to the United States from Cardiff, Wales, in 1915
  • Hilda Charlotte Spurgeon, aged 16, who landed in America from Brentford, England, in 1915
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Spurgeon (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Martin Spurgeon (1968-2019), American writer, historian and editor in the field of comics
  • Thomas H. Spurgeon, American Republican politician, Candidate for Missouri State Senate 18th District, 1946 [4]
  • S. E. Spurgeon, American Republican politician, Mayor of Kokomo, Indiana, 1926-29 [4]
  • Otis L. Spurgeon, American politician, Independent Candidate for U.S. Senator from Iowa, 1914 [4]
  • Jay Spurgeon (b. 1976), American baseball player
  • Fred "Freddy" Spurgeon (1900-1970), American Major League Baseball player
  • Dennis Spurgeon (b. 1943), American nuclear engineer, incumbent Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy
  • Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892), English preacher, grandson of James Spurgeon (1776–1864), born at Halstead, Essex, an independent minister at Stambourne
  • Keith Spurgeon (1933-1990), English football player and manager
  • Caroline Frances Eleanor Spurgeon (1869-1942), English literary critic, best known for her work Skakespeare's Imagery
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Miss Kathleen Beatrice Spurgeon (1908-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [5]
  • Mrs. Catherine Annie Spurgeon (1885-1914), née Britton Canadian Third Class Passenger from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [5]


The Spurgeon 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: Non civium ardor
Motto Translation: Not the ardour of the citizens.


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  3. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, April 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html


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