The English surname Sparkes, mainly found in northern England, is a nickname derived from the Old Norse byname or personal name Sparkr meaning “sprightly, or vivacious.” The earliest reference to the name is in 1301 when John Sparkes was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Yorkshire. Phenisse Sparkes was christened at St. Mary-at-Hill, on July 17th 1557, and Elizabett, the daughter of Thomas Sparkes, was christened on September 25th 1642, at St. Brides, Fleet Street. Joseph Sparkes (1683-1740) was educated at St. John's College, Cambridge in 1704, and he later edited the "Historariae Anglicane Scriptores".
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