Specker History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Specker was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from the Norman given name Espec.

Early Origins of the Specker family

The surname Specker 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] which he held from Robert Fitzroy of Oakhampton. His descendent, William Le Espec married and acquired the estates of Gervois.

Walter Espec (d. 1153), was founder of Rievaulx Abbey, Yorkshire, and was probably the son of William Spech, who in 1085 held Warden, Bedfordshire, where some fifty years later Walter Espec founded and endowed an Abbey. "Espec's chief property was in Yorkshire, and he resided at Helmsley. Under Henry I he was Justice of the Forests and Itinerant Justice in the northern counties. Under Stephen he actively resisted the Scotch invasion. On 10 Jan. 1138 FitzDuncan failed in a night attack on Espec's castle of Wark. Then King David and his son Henry came up and formed a regular siege for three weeks, after which the main body passed on to Harry Northumberland. Three months later (c. 8 May) the garrison swooped down upon the Scotch king's commissariat, and had to submit to a second siege. The castle was stoutly defended by Walter's nephew, John de Bussey, but had to surrender about 11 Nov. " [2]

Early History of the Specker family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Specker research. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1592, 1661, 1661, 1653, 1683, 1675, 1681, 1681 and 1683 are included under the topic Early Specker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Specker Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Speak, Speck, Speake, Speke and others.

Early Notables of the Specker family (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 Specker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Specker migration to the United States +

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Specker or a variant listed above:

Specker Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anna Barbara Specker, who landed in Carolina in 1734 [3]
  • Joh Henrich Specker, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1748 [3]
Specker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Wilhelmine Specker, who landed in Cincinnati, Oh in 1843 [3]
  • Therese Elis Specker, who arrived in America in 1844 [3]
  • Elis Specker, who arrived in America in 1848 [3]
  • Willm. Specker, aged 34, arrived in New York in 1892 aboard the ship "Aurania (1883)" from Liverpool, England [4]
Specker Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Emile Specker, aged 30, originally from Zurich, Switzerland, arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "La Savoie" from Le Havre, France [5]
  • John Specker, aged 45, arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "North American" from Cristobal C Z [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Specker (post 1700) +

  • Sergeant Joe C Specker (1921-1944), American soldier posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944 for his actions on January 7, 1944
  • Ernst Paul Specker (1920-2011), Swiss mathematician, known for his work on Quine’s New Foundations


  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6RZ-M2K : 6 December 2014), Willm. Specker, 20 Jun 1892; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Aurania (1883), NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J62J-YNB : 6 December 2014), Emile Specker, 04 Sep 1921; citing departure port Le Havre, arrival port New York, ship name La Savoie, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6G7-TNB : 6 December 2014), John Specker, 20 Mar 1921; citing departure port Cristobal C Z, arrival port New York, ship name North American, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).


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