John Spring

Pakenham, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom

The Life of John

John Spring was born in 1588, in Pakenham, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom as the son of Sir John Spring and Mary Anne Trelawney. He married Elinor Barsham before 1623, in England. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America in 1634.

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Family Time Line

John Spring
Elinor Barsham
Marriage: before 1623
Mary Spring
Henry Spring
William Spring
Lieut. John Spring

Spouse and Children

before 1623


Parents and Siblings


    Mary Anne Trelawney




Name Meaning

1 English: of uncertain origin. Early examples, as for example William Spring (Yorkshire 1280 ), all point to a personal name or nickname, perhaps going back to an Old English byname derived from the verb springan ‘to jump or leap’ ( see Springer 1). Alternatively, it could be a topographic name from Middle English spring ‘young wood’, ‘spring’. Compare Springer . Reaney derives the surname from the word denoting the season, although the word is not attested in this sense until the 16th century, the usual Middle English word being lenten. Compare Lenz . The surname has also been established in Ireland (County Kerry) for several centuries.2 German: from Middle High German sprinc, Middle Low German sprink ‘spring’, ‘well’, hence a topographic name for someone who lived by a spring or well, or habitational name from Springe near Hannover.3 Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Springer .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Massachusetts Land Records, 1620-1986;
  • The ancestry of Joseph Neal, 1769-c.1835, of Litchfield, Maine, ... Davis, Walter Goodwin, 1885-1966.
  • Article: "The English Origins of John Spring of Watertown," The American Genealogist 55, no. 3

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