“Spear” is a fine Old English word with many Germanic and Norse cognates. It is unlikely that Latin sparus is related.
- 14.041 marching with many spearmen
- 15.044 The next morning early a company of spearmen
- 17.036 and spearmen now hidden
- 17.050 a thousand of their spearmen leapt down
- 17.058 came many of the spearmen of the elves.
“spear, n.1.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, June 2015. Web. 29 July 2015.