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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. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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  5. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  6. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
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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.

This page was last modified on 3 June 2014 at 07:55.

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