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


Spelling variations of this family name include: Spaight, Speight, Speaight, Spait, Spate and others.

First found in Kent where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Speight research. Another 220 words (16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Speight History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Speight Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Speight family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 116 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Speight Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Francis Speight who settled in Virginia in 1642
  • Francis Speight, who arrived in Virginia in 1642

Speight Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Christopher Speight settled in New England in 1760

Speight Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Richardson David Speight, aged 29, landed in Texas in 1829

Speight Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Speight, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia

Speight Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Robert Speight, aged 36, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Shamrock" in 1856


  • Richard Speight Jr. (b. 1970), American actor
  • Randolph L. Speight (1919-1999), American jurist, director of the Pioneer Fund
  • Lester Speight (b. 1971), American former professional football player, professional wrestler and actor
  • Jesse Speight (1795-1847), American state and national politician
  • Bobby Speight (1930-2007), American college basketball player
  • Mick Speight (b. 1951), English footballer
  • Martin Speight (b. 1967), English cricketer
  • Johnny Speight (1920-1998), English television writer
  • Jake Speight (b. 1985), English footballer
  • Ernest Edwin "E. E." Speight (1871-1949), English academic in Japan and India, author, publisher



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: Vi et virtute
Motto Translation: By strength and valour.


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The Speight Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Speight 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 1 November 2015 at 20:46.

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