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Where did the English Speed family come from? What is the English Speed family crest and coat of arms? When did the Speed family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Speed family history?

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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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More information is included under the topic Early Speed Notables 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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  2. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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  5. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  10. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
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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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