Spaeth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Spaeth 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 Spaeth family

The surname Spaeth 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 Spaeth family

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Spaeth Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Spaeth family (pre 1700)

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Spaeth Ranking

In the United States, the name Spaeth is the 10,158th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]


United States Spaeth migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Spaeth Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Philipp Samuel Spaeth, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1720 [2]
  • Andreas Spaeth, his wife Anna Catharina and their daughter, who arrived in America in 1736
  • Andreas Spaeth, who arrived in America in 1736 [2]
  • Barbara Spaeth, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1752
  • Hans Georg Spaeth, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1752
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Spaeth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Spaeth, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1861 [2]
  • Philip Spaeth, who landed in Cincinnati, Oh in 1869-1870 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Spaeth (post 1700) +

  • Sigmund Gottfried Spaeth (1885-1965), American musicologist
  • Paul Spaeth, American pianist and composer
  • Merrie Spaeth (b. 1948), American actress who has also worked in media, government, politics, and business
  • Robert S. Spaeth, American Democratic Party politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly 66th District; Elected 1974 [3]
  • John C. Spaeth, American politician, Supervisor of Saginaw Township, Michigan, 1871-72, 1874-78, 1880-81 [3]
  • Harold J. Spaeth, American Democratic Party politician, University professor; Member of Michigan Democratic State Central Committee, 1967-69 [3]
  • Georg Spaeth (b. 1981), German ski jumper
  • Nicholas J. Spaeth (b. 1950), former Attorney General of North Dakota from 1985 to 1992


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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