Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
Variants: Spridgen, Sprigen, Sprigens, Sprigin, Sprigins
Category: 1 - A study where research using core genealogical datasets and transcriptions is in its early stages.
Contact: Mrs Rosemary Rowley
A study of the surname Spridgeon, which is a name in my family tree.
I started the study when I found a road with the name 'Spridgeon Close' in Long Eaton, near Nottingham. Finding that the road was named after John William Spridgeon, a lace machine builder of Long Eaton who was born in Stanground, Huntingdonshire, I wondered how he was connected with my own family which came from that area.
Having researched back to the late 1700s, the two families are drawing closer together but the answer is still tantalisingly just out of reach!
Spridgen, Sprigen, Sprigens, Sprigin, Sprigins.
The difficulty with this name is that the spelling is not obvious, so officials such as registrars and census enumerators just wrote what they thought they had heard.
The name seems to have originated in the eastern counties of England.
The Internet Surname Database entry (see links, below) suggests that the surname is of Scandinavian origin from the Old Norse 'sprige' (meaning sprig, or twig) and the diminutive suffix '-in.' Hence the name may mean 'little twig' or 'offspring' - quite appropriate for a family historian! However, the site also suggests that the name Spurgeon is another variant; I have chosen to exclude it from my study as I have not yet found any related family members with that name.
The following figures are still approximations as there are many transcription errors with this name.
There were just six people with the name Spridgeon in the 1841 census, and 23 with the spelling Spridgen. By 1911 this had increased to 99 with the name Spridgeon and 33 with the spelling Spridgen.
In 1881 there were 56 people with the name Spridgeon and only 4 with the spelling Spridgen. These sixty people were mostly living in Northamptonshire, with several in Lincolnshire and one or two individuals in Derbyshire, Hertfordshire and Middlesex.
Data for England and Wales is currently being collected from the GRO birth, marriage and death indexes, and census records.
Random discoveries of the name anywhere in the world are being collected whenever they are found, with the intention of including the information in a formal database in the future.
Internet Surname Database entry for Spridgeon.
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