The name Speckes was brought to England
in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. Speckes is based on the Norman given name Espec.
Early Origins of the Speckes family
The surname Speckes 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
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.
Early History of the Speckes family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Speckes 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 Speckes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Speckes Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Speckes were recorded, including Speak, Speck, Speake, Speke and others.
Early Notables of the Speckes 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 Speckes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Speckes family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Speckes arrived in North America very early: George Speke who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1854; Anne Speake settled in Barbados in 1654; Henry and James Speak arrived in Philadelphia in 1845..