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Sperling (Sparling), a Mennonite family in a number of Prussian congregations as early as 1700, in Montau even before 1700. Tobias Sperling, living in East Prussia, was forced to leave his farm in 1722, moving to West Prussia, where he died. Laurens (Lorenz) Sperling was an elder of the Groningen Old Flemish congregation in the Culmsche Niederung 1757-ca. 1780, and Johann Sparling (died 1799) a preacher and elder (from 1775) of the Klein-Werder (Markushof) congregation. The name is also found among the Mennonites of Russia and America.

The form "Spaarlinck," which is sometimes found, seems to indicate that this family was of Dutch descent.


Hoop Scheffer, Jacob Gijsbert de. Inventaris der Archiefstukken berustende bij de Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente to Amsterdam, 2 vols. Amsterdam: Uitgegeven en ten geschenke aangeboden door den Kerkeraad dier Gemeente, 1883-1884: v. I, 1613, 1627.

Naamlijst der tegenwoordig in dienst zijnde predikanten der Mennoniten in de vereenigde Nederlanden. Amsterdam.

Reimer, Gustav E. Die Familiennamen der westpreussischen Mennoniten. Weierhof: Mennonitische Geschichtsverein, 1940: 118.

Sperling, Max Der Stammbaum der Familie Sperling. Königsberg, 1910.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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