Spead History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Spead family
The surname Spead was first found in Suffolk where in 1185, Godfrey Speed appeared on the Pipe Rolls.  Years later, Johannes Sped was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 in Suffolk. The same rolls also listed Margaret Sped in Cambridgeshire: and Roger Sped in Oxfordshire. 
The name could have claimed Normandy as the starting point as one source notes that the Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae lists Ivo de Spada there in 1185. 
Other sources claim that it was a nickname as a "reference to the swiftness of the original bearers."  And yet another claims the name was "a font-name, wishing prosperity or good-speed to the child." 
Further to the north in Scotland, Nicholas Speid occupied part of the lands of Cuikstone or Quygstone in Angus, 1410 and Cuthbert Speid was witness in Forfar in the same year. 
Early History of the Spead family
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Spead Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Speed, Spede, Speyde, Speede, Speid and others.
Early Notables of the Spead family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include John Speed (c. 1551-1629), an English cartographer and historian, best known English mapmaker of the Stuart period. Born in Farndon, Cheshire, he went into the tailoring business of his father, Samuel. While working in London, he came to the attention of learned individuals who gave him an allowance to engage in full-time scholarship. Queen Elizabeth granted Speed the use of a room in the Custom House. By 1595, Speed published a map of biblical Canaan and in 1598 he presented his maps to Queen Elizabeth.
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Migration of the Spead family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Richard Speed settled in Barbados in 1635; John Speed settled in Maryland in 1637; John Speed settled in Virginia in 1703; Alexander Speed settled in Virginia in 1714.
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- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ 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)
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)