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Spelling variations of this family name include: Speed, Spede, Speyde, Speede, Speid and others.

First found in Suffolk where they held a family seat. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1185 when Godfrey Speed appeared on the Pipe Rolls for that county.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Speed research. Another 273 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1277, 1455, and 1487 are included under the topic Early Speed History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Speed Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Wm Speed, who arrived in Virginia in 1633
  • Richard Speed settled in Barbados in 1635
  • Richard Speed, aged 35, landed in Barbados in 1635
  • John Speed, who landed in Maryland in 1637
  • John Speed settled in Maryland in 1637


Speed Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • John Speed settled in Virginia in 1703
  • Alexander Speed settled in Virginia in 1714
  • Jane Speed, who arrived in Virginia in 1714

Speed Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • George Speed, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1868

Speed Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century


  • Mrs. Speed, who landed in St John, New Brunswick in 1907
  • F Speed, who landed in St John, New Brunswick in 1907

Speed Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • William John Speed, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Martha Speed, aged 43, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Norman"
  • Martha Speed, aged 23, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Norman"
  • Mary Speed, aged 21, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Norman"

Speed Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • James Speed landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1844

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  • Scott Andrew Speed (b. 1983), American race car driver
  • Doris Speed (1899-1994), English actress
  • Gary Speed MBE (1969-2011), Welsh former footballer and manager of the Wales national football team
  • Chris Speed (b. 1967), American saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer


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  1. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  2. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  4. 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.
  5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  6. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  7. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  8. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  9. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
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The Speed Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Speed 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.

This page was last modified on 27 November 2014 at 09:43.

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