Spade History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Spade 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.

Early Origins of the Spade family

The surname Spade was 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.

Early History of the Spade family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spade research. Another 121 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1715 and 1777 are included under the topic Early Spade History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Spade Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Spade family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Spade Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Spade migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Spade Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Elinor Spade, who landed in Virginia in 1704 [1]
  • Ellianor Spade, who arrived in Virginia in 1713 [1]
Spade Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Jacob Spade, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1855 [1]
  • John Spade, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1868 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Spade (post 1700) +

  • Kate Spade (1962-2018), born Katherine Noel Brosnahan, known professionally as Kate Spade or Kate Valentine, the American co-founder and namesake of the designer brand
  • William Spade (b. 1962), American criminal defense attorney
  • Dudley Spade (b. 1956), American politician
  • Robert Spade, American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • David Wayne Spade (b. 1964), American actor, comedian and television personality
  • Jim Spade, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates 24th District, 1984 [2]
  • Forrest H. Spade, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State Senate 11th District, 1956, 1968 [2]
  • Doug Spade, American Democrat politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives 57th District; Elected 1998 [2]
  • C. E. Spade, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Greenbrier County, 1948 [2]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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