Spurgeon Family History
Spurgeon Name Meaning
English (Essex): apparently a variant of Spurden itself a possible nickname from Middle English spore spure (Old English spora spura) ‘spur’ or the derived verb sporen ‘to urge incite’ + daunce ‘dance’. Alternatively the first element may be spurnen spornen ‘stumble trip kick’ or ‘spurn reject’ with assimilation of the first -n- giving Spordaunce. However the change in the medial consonant of Spurgeon is difficult to explain without an intermediary Spurdion (or something similar) which is not on record and would be an irregular development of Spurden. The name may have been influenced by confusion with Pridgeon and Spridgeon but the evidence for this is slight.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022