Origin of the Name Sparks
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. The name Sparks is often derived from the Norse name 'Sparkr', adapted into the English language and used as a surname in that country. This name is of nickname origin and describes a person of a lively disposition. A coat of arms or family crest is an ancient and distinctive design the origin of which dates back over a millennium. Initially these armorial bearings were first used by feudal lords and warriors on the field of battle as a means of identification but later became extant among the general population. While some coats of arms refer to individuals others refer to groups of people who bear the same name. From England the name Sparks and its variants Spark, Sparkes and Sparke spread to Scotland, Wales and Ireland and then into the new world of America, Canada and Australia from the seventeenth century onwards. In Ireland this name is mostly found in Ulster Province where it was introduced during the seventeenth century settlements. It is in the Northern Counties as well as in County Dublin that the name can still be found today.
The Sparks coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Sparks descendants.