Speed Family History

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Speed Name Meaning

English: nickname for a fortunate person, from Middle English sped ‘success’, ‘good fortune’, ‘smooth progress’ (hence the modern meaning ‘swiftness’). English: from the derived sense of Middle English sped mentioned above, hence a nickname for a swift runner. Irish: Anglicization (part translation) of Gaelic Ó Fuada, from fuad ‘haste’ (see Foody). Translation of German and Ashkenazic Jewish Schnell.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Speer, Seed, Steer, Sneed, Peed, Spear, See, Creed, Speck, Gleed

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Speed Family Origin

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Speed Family Occupations

What did your Speed ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Book Keeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Speed. 15% of Speed men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Speed women worked as a Book Keeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Speed were Shipper and Instituteur

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    15%
  • Agent
    5%
  • Machinist
    5%
  • Shipper
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Book Keeper
    13%
  • Housekeeper
    13%
  • Income
    13%
  • Instituteur
    13%

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Speed Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 71,000 census records available for the last name Speed. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Speed census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Speed. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 19,000 military records available for the last name Speed. For the veterans among your Speed ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Speed Life Expectancy

What is the average Speed lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Speed life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Speed in 1950 was 44, and 72 in 2004.

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