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Speck is one of the names carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest in 1066. It is based on the Norman given name Espec.

Speck Early Origins



The surname Speck 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, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
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.

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Speck Spelling Variations


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Speck Spelling Variations



Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Speak, Speck, Speake, Speke and others.

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Speck Early History


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Speck Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Speck 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 Speck History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Speck Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Speck Early Notables (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 Speck Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlanti c. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Speck or a variant listed above:

Speck Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joh Wilhelm Speck, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1736
  • Matthias Speck, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1736
  • Willem Speck, aged 23, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1736
  • William Speck, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Johann Adam Speck, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Speck Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Cathrina Speck, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Johannes Speck, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Studarth Speck, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Welhelmina Speck, aged 32, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1805
  • Frederica Speck, aged 6, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1805
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Speck Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Speck, aged 32, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Shackamaxon"
  • William Speck, aged 34, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Shackamaxon"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Speck (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Speck (post 1700)



  • Frank Gouldsmith Speck (1881-1950), American anthropologist
  • Robert Clifford "Cliff" Speck (b. 1956), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • William Arthur "W. A." Speck (b. 1938), British historian
  • Wieland Speck (b. 1951), German film director
  • Christa Speck (b. 1942), German model and actress

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Speck Historic Events


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Speck Historic Events




Hindenburg LZ-129

  • Mr. Willy Speck (1892-1937), German Chief Radio Officer from Frankfurt, Germany, who worked on board the Hindenburg LZ-129 and survived the Airship Fire on May 6, 1937, but later died in hospital from injuries

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

Other References

  1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  3. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  4. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  11. ...

The Speck Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Speck 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.

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