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Early Origins of the Spurway family

The surname Spurway 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 Spurway family

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Spurway Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Spurway family

Notables of the family at this time include

  • Robert Spurway of Spurway

United States Spurway migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Spurway Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Spurway, who arrived in Virginia in 1637 3
  • William Spurway, who landed in Maryland in 1676 3
  • John Spurway, who settled in Virginia in 1687
Spurway Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Christopher Spurway of Burin settled in America from Poole in Dorest in 1812

Canada Spurway migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Spurway Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Richard Spurway was a Boat keeper of Bay Bulls, Newfoundland in 1681 4

Australia Spurway migration to Australia +

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

Spurway Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Spurway, (b. 1806), aged 23, English ploughman who was convicted in Devon, England for life for stealing, transported aboard the "Claudine" on 19th August 1829, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1885 5
  • Mr. James Richards Spurway, (b. 1831), aged 17, English convict who was convicted in Exeter, Devon, England for 10 years for house breaking, transported aboard the "Bangalore" on 1st January 1850, arriving in Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia, he died in 1858 from injuries related to an accident 6

West Indies Spurway migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. 7
Spurway Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Robert Spurway, who settled in Barbados in 1685

Contemporary Notables of the name Spurway (post 1700) +

  • T. H. Spurway, American politician, Postmaster at East Lansing, Michigan, 1958-59 (acting, 1958-59) 8
  • Sam Spurway (b. 1987), English cricketer
  • Robert Spurway (1866-1898), English cricketer who played from 1889 to 1890
  • Francis Spurway (1894-1980), English cricketer who played from 1920 to 1929
  • Edward Spurway (1863-1914), English cricketer who played from 1885 to 1914
  • Michael Vyvyan Spurway (1909-2007), British civil servant in the Colonial Service
  • Helen Spurway (1917-1978), née Haldane, a British biologist

  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. 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)
  4. Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  5. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 18th February 2021). Retrieved from
  6. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 11th September 2020). Retrieved from
  8. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, April 29) . Retrieved from on Facebook