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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Spaight, Speight, Speaight, Spait, Spate and others.

First found in Kent where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Speight research. Another 220 words(16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Speight History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Speight family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 116 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Speight Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Francis Speight who settled in Virginia in 1642
  • Francis Speight, who arrived in Virginia in 1642

Speight Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Christopher Speight settled in New England in 1760

Speight Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • William Richardson David Speight, aged 29, landed in Texas in 1829

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  • Bobby Speight (1930-2007), American college basketball player
  • Jesse Speight (1795-1847), American state and national politician
  • Lester Speight (b. 1971), American former professional football player, professional wrestler and actor
  • Randolph L. Speight (1919-1999), American jurist, director of the Pioneer Fund
  • Richard Speight Jr. (b. 1970), American actor
  • Ernest Edwin "E. E." Speight (1871-1949), English academic in Japan and India, author, publisher
  • Jake Speight (b. 1985), English footballer
  • Johnny Speight (1920-1998), English television writer
  • Martin Speight (b. 1967), English cricketer
  • Mick Speight (b. 1951), English footballer

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Vi et virtute
Motto Translation: By strength and valour.

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  1. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  4. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  6. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Speight Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Speight 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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