Spedding History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Spedding family

The surname Spedding was first found in Cumberland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Spedding family

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Spedding Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Speding, Spedding, Speddin, Spedin, Spedane, Speedin, Speeding and many more.

Early Notables of the Spedding family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Spedding family to Ireland

Some of the Spedding family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Spedding migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Spedding Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Spedding, who landed in America in 1775
Spedding Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Margaret Spedding, aged 35, who immigrated to America from Southampton, in 1897
Spedding Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • William Spedding, aged 32, who landed in America from Hanley, England, in 1908
  • Thomas Spedding, aged 21, who immigrated to the United States from Burnley, England, in 1909
  • Harold Spedding, aged 24, who settled in America, in 1909
  • Annie Spedding, aged 52, who landed in America from Burnley, England, in 1909
  • Edith Spedding, aged 25, who settled in America from Bromley, England, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Spedding (post 1700) +

  • Frank Harold Spedding (1902-1984), American Inorganic Chemist
  • James Spedding (1808-1881), English author and editor of Bacon's works, the son of John Spedding of Mirehouse, Cumberland
  • Sam Spedding, English actor and comedian
  • John James "Jim" Spedding (1912-1982), English former professional footballer
  • Sir David Spedding KCMG, CVO, OBE (1943-2001), Head of the British Secret Intelligence Service
  • Cory Spedding (b. 1991), British singer
  • Chris Spedding (b. 1944), English rock and roll and jazz guitarist
  • Charlie Spedding (b. 1952), English Olympic long-distance runner
  • Alison Spedding (b. 1962), British anthropologist and fantasy author

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. James Alexander Spedding, British Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [1]
  • Mr. Ronald Spedding (b. 1913), English Stoker 3rd Class from Stockton on Tees, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [1]


The Spedding Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Utile dulci
Motto Translation: Useful and agreable.


  1. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html


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