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About the study

The Spurle One-Name Study started about 10 years ago when, looking for my 4 x Great-Grandfathers parents I hit a brick wall. Given that I found it near impossible to find them due to my 4 x Great Grandfather Samuels (c1806-1835) death, at the age of 29, before the first useful census of 1841 I decided to embark on the lengthy process of jotting down every occurrence of SPURLE's firstly in the South West, where, most of my family are situated and then expanded to include every occurrence of the SPURLE surname wherever they may be. So, given the facts above I decided to register the name with the Guild of One-Name Studies in January 2016.

Variant names

The registered variants of the name are Spurdle, Spurrel and Spurrell.

Name origin

At present I do not know the origin of the Surname, but, have found that it could mean "Little Sparrow" although this has not been confirmed. Most of my ancestors are collected around Devon, Dorset and Somerset although I have found a family enclave around Cheltenham and Gloucester.

History of the name

At present the only Spurle to have had any historical influence is my Grandfather:

  • Charles Deane SPURLE (1895-1965), who served in the Royal Marine Artillery on HMS New Zealand during WWI and was notably involved in the Battle at Dogger Bank, where he received war bounty, for the sinking of SMS Blücher and the Battle of Jutland, where he hurt his back whilst falling down a steel ladder in the forward gun emplacement. During WWII he served in the GPO keeping communications open in the Southampton and Portsmouth area.

Name frequency

I have yet to embark on the frequency of the name SPURLE.


I am also a Online Parish Clerk for the Parish of Broadwindsor which includes Blackdown & Drimpton.