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


Spelling variations of this family name include: Speed, Spede, Speyde, Speede, Speid and others.

First found in Suffolk where they held a family seat. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1185 when Godfrey Speed appeared on the Pipe Rolls for that county.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Speed research. Another 273 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1277, 1455, and 1487 are included under the topic Early Speed History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Speed Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Speed Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Wm Speed, who arrived in Virginia in 1633
  • Richard Speed settled in Barbados in 1635
  • Richard Speed, aged 35, landed in Barbados in 1635
  • John Speed, who landed in Maryland in 1637
  • John Speed settled in Maryland in 1637

Speed Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • John Speed settled in Virginia in 1703
  • Alexander Speed settled in Virginia in 1714
  • Jane Speed, who arrived in Virginia in 1714

Speed Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • George Speed, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1868


  • Scott Andrew Speed (b. 1983), American race car driver
  • Doris Speed (1899-1994), English actress
  • Chris Speed (b. 1967), American saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer
  • Gary Speed MBE (1969-2011), Welsh former footballer and manager of the Wales national football team


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  6. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  11. ...

The Speed Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Speed 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.

This page was last modified on 21 December 2012 at 10:13.

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