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Where did the English Spece family come from? What is the English Spece family crest and coat of arms? When did the Spece family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Spece family history?

Spece is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Spece family name comes from the Norman given name Espec.

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Spece has been recorded under many different variations, including Speak, Speck, Speake, Speke and others.

First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. Where a Norman noble Le Espec was an under tenant of Roger de Poitou, and was granted the lands of Speke outside Liverpool in Lancashire. Soon after the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086, a descendant, Richard Le Espec acquired the manors of Wenworthy and Brampton Speke in the county of Devon, which he held from Robert Fitzroy of Oakhampton. His descendent, William Le Espec married and acquired the estates of Gervois.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spece research. Another 213 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1592, 1st , 1661, 1661, 1653, 1683, 1675, 1681, 1681 and 1683 are included under the topic Early Spece History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 97 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Spece Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Speces were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: George Speke who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1854; Anne Speake settled in Barbados in 1654; Henry and James Speak arrived in Philadelphia in 1845..

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The Spece Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Spece Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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