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This site attempts to trace the Spurgeon surname in Norfolk, England. Even though not all of the individuals are my direct ancestors, I have tried to discover the links between the various families and have included census information and links, church documents as well as birth, marriage and death information. It is a much larger project than anticipated with many pages of information. When I started ten years ago the various families seemed unrelated. In the 18th and 19th C there were families concentrated in Wayland, Henstead, Loddon, Erpingham, Mitford, Yarmouth and Norwich districts. The families found in Henstead, Loddon and Wayland can be traced to some common ancestors. Eventually many individuals moved to Norwich or other parts of England and others to Canada, the USA and Australia. A number of sources say Spurgeon is Viking in origin ie "small sparrow" from "sporrechen" and others say it is Saxon or even Dutch. My DNA suggests it was an ancestor that arrived with the Romans.
There have been a few famous Spurgeons and a few had some status as doctors, lawyers, University professors, clergymen, surveyors and lithographers and, at leas,t one was knighted, but the majority were like most of us, just getting by.


Getting Around

The Tree button will take you to pages featuring my direct Spurgeon ancestors and my matrilineal ones as well. The Census button will allow you to look for individuals from the 1841-1911 census information. A modest beginning has been made in linking individuals from one census to the next. It will take some time to complete. A "form" of the database is now online, it is moderately searchable ( ie control F on a PC and command-F on a Mac). It is based on marriages from 1600 up to 1960. It is a work in progress; there are over 500 marriage entries. Children of the marriage are being added. There are many birth, marriage and burial dates. A new database showing births in Norfolk from about 1540 is now online. Eventually, links to the census pages will be added for anyone born after 1841. The MacFamtreebutton is the synthesis of all the information from my Family Tree on (Spurgeons of Norfolk/Lawrence, Rennie of Aberdeenshire ) MacFamily Tree allows web pages. You could search on ancestry for other information as well. Included among my Spurgeon ancestors are my matrilineal families notably Lawrence, Rennie, Booker, and Hornagold.