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

The Spada surname is derived from the Middle High German word "späth," meaning "late;" thus it is supposed that it may have evolved from a nickname for a tardy person.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Spaeth, Spaetgens, Spät, Spätgen, Spatz, Späth, Spede, Speeten and many more.

First found in Bavaria, where the name Spaeth was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spada research. Another 191 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1715 and 1777 are included under the topic Early Spada History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Andreas Spaeth, his wife Anna Catharina and their daughter, who arrived in America in 1736; Barbara Spaeth, who came to Pennsylvania in 1752; Hans Georg Spaeth, who came to Pennsylvania in 1752.

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The Spada Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Spada 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 19 October 2012 at 15:25.

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