Spurgin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Spurgin family

The surname Spurgin 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.

Early History of the Spurgin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spurgin research. Another 111 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1566, and 1712 are included under the topic Early Spurgin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Spurgin Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Spurgin family (pre 1700)

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Canada Spurgin migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Spurgin Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. William Spurgin U.E. from North Carolina who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Spurgin (post 1700) +

  • Fred Spurgin, American politician, Mayor of Ottawa, Illinois, 1935-42 [2]
  • John Spurgin (1797-1866), English medical writer, born at Orplands, Bradwell, Essex, son of William Spurgin, farmer
  • Arthur Spurgin, Australian fighter pilot and flying ace in the Royal Australian Air Force, during World War II, credited with 5 aerial victories


The Spurgin 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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, April 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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