Spurr Coat of Arms

(Coat of Arms Graphic by Malcolm Robert Spurr)
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My name is Brian Peter de Blois SPURR and I live in Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. I am very interested in family history and have been researching the Spurr surname for many years. My aim is twofold, firstly I want to record as many SPURR family members as possible and secondly to try and link my relatives, in the USA and Canada, with the English Spurrs. The name seems to have been known in England around the 1200s. I would really appreciate any details of your Spurr family that you may be prepared to send me. I am interested in "Any Spurr Anywhere!" (birth, marriage and death dates, occupations etc.)

This is a serious one-name study. I am a member of the "Guild of One Name Studies (http://www.one-name.org/)" an English Genealogical Society. All information will be treated with respect and of course recorded for posterity! Only with support from all families will it be possible to make a meaningful history. If you are interested I would be happy to try and link your family with others I have collected. I undertake reply to everyone. I have many thousands of Spurr individuals and their families recorded on my computer databases and have been successful in putting researchers in touch with each other.

The main concentrations of the name, which I always imagined to be rare, are England, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. There are also a few here in South Africa. My family is descended from Robert Spurr born around 1611 in England. No details of his birthplace or parents are yet known. He left in 1635 on the "Paul" of London bound for St. Christopher (St. Kitts) in the West Indies and later settled in Massachusetts, U.S.A., around 1650. His great grandson Michael Spurr was one of the first settlers in Nova Scotia in the early 1700s. There are comprehensive books on both the USA and Nova Scotia sides of our family. They are "Spurr Genealogy" by Evelyn Davis Fincher and "The Descendants of Michael and Jane (Shippee) Spurr of Round Hill, Annapolis Co., Nova Scotia" by Vernon Morse Spurr. The second history is in three hardback volumes! I would be happy to send the addresses. You may know that there is a Mountain in Alaska (Mount Spurr) see a picture at the following URL: (spurr2.htm)" named after a member of the family. It erupted 3 times recently!

My Grandfather was born in Round Hill, Annapolis, Nova Scotia, Canada and came to South Africa at the turn of the century. He stayed and later settled in Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, where my father was born. My younger brother Malcolm Robert SPURR and I were born there as well in the city of Bulawayo. See my Ancestry.

Here is a page of inscriptions from the earliest known Spurr headstones from my family. Go to the Dorchester Cemetery Inscriptions

Any SPURR anywhere in the world is welcome to e-mail me with some details of their family. I undertake to search my database for any links and information that I may have. My e-mail adresses are as follows: -


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