The name Espeake was carried to England
in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. It comes from the Norman given name Espec.
Early Origins of the Espeake family
The surname Espeake was first found in Lancashire
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
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
which he held from Robert Fitzroy of Oakhampton. His descendent, William Le Espec married and acquired the estates of Gervois.
Early History of the Espeake family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Espeake research.Another 213 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1592, 1661, 1661, 1653, 1683, 1675, 1681, 1681 and 1683 are included under the topic Early Espeake History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Espeake Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Speak, Speck, Speake, Speke and others.
Early Notables of the Espeake family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir John Speke of Whitelackington; and Sir Hugh Speke, 1st Baronet
of Hasilbury, Wiltshire
(died 1661), an English politician who sat... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Espeake Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Espeake family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Espeake name or one of its variants: 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..