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Early Origins of the Spurrier family

The surname Spurrier was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from very ancient times, as Lords of the manor of Spurway Barton. One of the first records of the name was Ricardo Greda de Spurwaye (c. 1270-1320) who held lands in the area and records show that a transfer of lands in Bears, a hamlet in Broadclyst parish, north-east of Exeter about that time. "Thurgarton Hall [in Norfolk] is the residence of W. D. Spurrell, Esq., whose family have occupied the mansion for several centuries." 1

"Slade, [Devon] with its fine hall, once the seat of the family of that name, has long been the residence of the Spurrells, and their descendants, the Podes." 2

Early History of the Spurrier family

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Spurrier Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Spurway, Spurvey, Spurrvey, Spurways, Spurrier and others.

Early Notables of the Spurrier family

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Spurrier Ranking

In the United States, the name Spurrier is the 12,315th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 3

United States Spurrier migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Spurrier Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Michael Spurrier, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Michael Spurrier, who arrived in Virginia in 1636 4

Canada Spurrier migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Spurrier Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • William Spurrier of Placentia Bay, Newfoundland settled there in 1774 5

Australia Spurrier migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Spurrier Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Spurrier, English convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Elphinstone" on 28th July 1842, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) 6

Contemporary Notables of the name Spurrier (post 1700) +

  • Fannie Spurrier, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 1952 7
  • Lon Spurrier (b. 1932), American middle-distance runner at the 1956 Summer Olympics
  • James I. "Junior" Spurrier Jr., (1922-1984), American combat soldier who received the Medal of Honor and Distinguished Service Cross for his heroic actions in World War II
  • Stephen Orr "Steve" Spurrier (b. 1945), American college football coach and former player, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame (986)
  • George and Henry Spurrier, English co-founders of the Lancashire Steam Motor Company in 1896 which later became Leyland Motors Limited in 1907
  • Peter Brotherton Spurrier (1942-2005), English officer of arms at the College of Arms in London, Portcullis Pursuivant (1981-1992), York Herald (1992-1993)
  • Steven Spurrier (1941-2021), British wine expert, better known as the champion of French wine
  • Sir Henry Spurrier (1898-1964), British engineer and industrialist, managing director of Leyland Motors
  • Paul Spurrier (b. 1967), British former child actor on stage, television, and film, and a screenwriter and film director
  • Simon Spurrier, British comics writer

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Worth, R.N., A History of Devonshire London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, E.G., 1895. Digital
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  6. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 23rd March 2022). Retrieved from
  7. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, April 29) . Retrieved from on Facebook