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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. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    3. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    4. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    5. 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.
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    9. 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.
    10. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
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    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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