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Spiess is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is a name for a grocer which was in turn derived from the Old French word espice, of the same meaning.

Spiess Early Origins



The surname Spiess was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. Conjecturally the Spicers were under tenants of the Count of Mortain.

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Spiess Spelling Variations


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Spiess 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 Spiess were recorded, including Spicer, Spicers, Spice and others.

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Spiess Early History


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Spiess Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spiess research. Another 211 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1296, and 1804 are included under the topic Early Spiess History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Spiess Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Spiess Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Spiess Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Spiess In Ireland


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Spiess In Ireland



Some of the Spiess family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 97 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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, Australia, 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 Spiess arrived in North America very early:

Spiess Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Ludwig Spiess, who landed in New York in 1709-1710
  • Peter Spiess, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Johan Adam Spiess, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Johan Georg Spiess, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752
  • Victor Spiess, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1761
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Spiess Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Anna Spiess, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1801
  • Johan Spiess, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1801
  • Johan Jost Spiess, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1801
  • Wilhelm Spiess, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1801
  • Maria Spiess, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1801
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Spiess (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Spiess (post 1700)



  • Waldo Spiess, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Mexico, 1952
  • Mathias Spiess, American politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Manchester, 1912, 1914, 1916
  • Gustav Spiess, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1912
  • George Spiess, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Connecticut, 1914
  • Charles A. Spiess, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Mexico Territory, 1908; Member of Republican National Committee from New Mexico, 1912

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    2. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    4. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    6. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    8. 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.
    9. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. 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).
    11. ...

    The Spiess Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Spiess 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 11 November 2015 at 11:56.

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