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John Sprague married Margaret Pethick in St Helier in 1827

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Origins of the surname

The Surname Database says that this surname is of Old Scandinavian origin, and is a patronymic form of the surname derived from the Old Norse byname "Sparkr", meaning sprightly, vivacious. The name Sparkes or Sprakes contains the patronymic suffix "-s", meaning son of; hence, "son of Sparkr".

Early records

We have found no evidence of the name in France, which suggests that it arrived in Jersey from England. The earliest baptism records are those of the children of Jean Sprague and Elizabeth Jean in St Ouen in the 1650s - see tree below.


  • Sprague, 1668
  • Sparke
  • Sprake
  • Spragge
  • Spragg

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Family wills

This will created by a member of the Sprague family is now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, date and reference number shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1980, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page

  • Jeanne Sprague, daughter of George, of St Ouen, desires to be buried in St Ouen's Cemetery, bequeaths to the poor of St Ouen, £20 tournois of the order of the King 4 November 1809 - D/Y/A/17
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