Spikes is a name that first reached England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. It comes from the Norman given name Espec.
Early Origins of the Spikes family
The surname Spikes was first found in Lancashire
where a Norman noble Le Espec was an under tenant
of Roger de Poitou, and was granted the lands of Speke outside Liverpool in Lancashire
. Soon after the taking of the Domesday Book
in 1086, a descendant, Richard Le Espec acquired the manors of Wenworthy and Brampton Speke in the county of Devon
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
which he held from Robert Fitzroy of Oakhampton. His descendent, William Le Espec married and acquired the estates of Gervois.
Early History of the Spikes family
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Spikes Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Spikes family name include Speak, Speck, Speake, Speke and others.
Early Notables of the Spikes family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir John Speke of Whitelackington; and Sir Hugh Speke, 1st Baronet
of Hasilbury, Wiltshire
(died 1661), an English politician who sat... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Spikes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Spikes family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Spikes family to immigrate North America:
Spikes Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Joseph Spikes, aged 32, who emigrated to Detroit, Mich., in 1911
Spikes Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- George Spikes, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia CITATION[CLOSE]
State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
Contemporary Notables of the name Spikes (post 1700)
- Dolores Margaret Richard Spikes (1936-2015), American mathematician and academic, President of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, from 1997 to 2001
- John Curry Spikes (1881-1955), American jazz musician and entrepreneur
- Benjamin Franklin "Reb" Spikes (1888-1982), American jazz saxophonist and entrepreneur