Springer Surname Genealogy

was at first a German name, originating from the German word springen meaning to “jump” or
“leap.”  Its origin as a surname may have come from one who
jumped; or it may
simply have been a nickname for a lively person.
Springer can also be Jewish
(the Yiddish shpringen has the same
meaning) or Dutch, and there are variations of this name in Poland and in
Slavic countries.  The Springer name has
also appeared in England, although it may have come from a different

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Springer Ancestry

family history, starting from Thuringia in Germany in the 11th
century, was first recounted in Moses Springer’s 1881 book A
Genealogical Table and History of the Springer Family.

an early American
perspective, the key Springer line originated with Christopher
resident of the German town of Weimar when it was occupied by Sweden.  He in fact moved to Stockholm sometime in the
1650’s and settled there.  His son Carl
Charles) Springer was abducted in London and sent to Virginia as an
servant.  He eventually secured his
release and made his way to the new Swedish settlement on the Delaware

Springers number some 15,000 in Germany today.
The name may have had its origin in Thuringia in central Germany.  But it has spread north into Hanover and
Hamburg.  Axel Springer, the owner of the
Springer publishing empire, came from Hamburg.  

America.  The Swedish Springers have
been the most
prominent Springers in America, but they were not the only ones.

The Swedish
Springers.  Charles Springer arrived in the
Christiana Hundred, later
Wilmington, in Delaware in 1681.  He and
his wife Maria raised fourteen children there.
Some remained in Delaware.  Michael
was the first of the family to settle in Fayette county, Pennsylvania
they remained into and through the 19th century.

There were the Springers of Uniontown
and the Springers of Connellsville, Pennsylvania.
The Levi Springer House, built in 1817, was
originally conceived as a stage hotel on the road to Uniontown.  It still stands. Other
Springers ended up in NW Ohio.

One line from Delaware via John Springer led
to Kentucky after the Revolutionary War.
He had two sons, Levi and Thomas, both of whom became Methodist
ministers.  The
Rev. Levi Springer
moved first to Indiana and then to Illinois
in 1833.  His bother Thomas meanwhile had
been a
pioneer settler in New Lebanon, Indiana in 1827.  He
too later moved to Illinois.

son William became an Illinois congressman, influential through the
Amendment in opening up Indian lands for settlement.
William’s wife Rebecca wrote a famous
Christian inspirational book that was entitled My Dream of

Other Springers.  There were some other
early Springer lines:

  • Dennis
    and Mary Springer were married in New London, Connecticut in 1667.  It is believed that Dennis came there from
    Ireland.  His son Dennis moved to
    Elizabethtown, New Jersey; his grandson Dennis to Frederick county,
    Virginia.  The Indian fighter Nathaniel Springer is
    thought to have
    come from this family.
  • while
    Lawrence Springer arrived in Rhode Island from an
    English family in Barbados around the year 1684.

largest number of Springers coming to
America have been from Germany.
Johan Peter Springer arrived from the Alsace-Lorraine area of
Germany in
1755 and eventually settled in Augusta county, Virginia.
Springer, a shoemaker by profession, and his
wife Mary came in the early 1830’s to Pennsylvania.
Some of his children moved out west to Kansas
and did well in land and cattle.
Grandson Alvin became a lawyer in Manhattan, Kansas.

There are also a
number of Jewish Springers in America, the most famous of them being
the TV
talk-show host Jerry Springer.  His great
grandfather Abraham Springer had come from a small town in Poland, then
part of
Prussia.  His parents escaped Nazi
tyranny, first to England and then to America.
Other Jewish Springers are to be found in Argentina.

The Swedish Springer
line extended into Canada.  Benjamin
Springer was a merchant in upstate New York who moved to Blenheim,
Ontario in
the early 1800’s.  He died in 1834 during
the cholera epidemic. His son Moses, who
grew up as an orphan, ran a German-language newspaper in Waterloo and
elected as the town’s first mayor.

Caribbean.  The Springer name in the
Caribbean is
probably of English origin.  John and
Margaret Springer were early settlers in Barbados in the 1660’s.  Later Springers were plantation owners in St.
Lucy.  Sir Hugh Springer, born in 1913,
was a labor union organizer and later Governor of the country.  He was named as one of the ten national
heroes of Barbados in 1998.  The Springer
name also spread to Trinidad.

Springer Miscellany

If you would like to read more, click on the miscellany page for
further stories and accounts:

Springer Names

the forebear of
the Swedish Springers in America.
Hugh Springer
was the third native-born Governor of Barbados. 

Jerry Springer

has been the Mayor of Cleveland and a TV news anchor, but is best known
as the
host of the tabloid talk show The Jerry
Springer Show
which he has hosted since 1991

Springers Today

  • 1,000 in the UK (most numerous
    in London)
  • 10,000 in America (most numerous in Texas)
  • 2,000 elsewhere (most numerous in Canada)




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