Last name: Speight
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Daniel Speight Waters
I believe that the majority of Speights are open hearted, sensitive, artistic intellectual beings with a side of unexpected aggression. Yes down through the years genes have mixed but the Speight gene for whatever reason seems to over power most others. This may be waffle but see for yourself by interacting with other Speight folk.
Try looking up William Speight, findagrave.com and Yonkers. They had more of their share of trouble but they were wonderful neighbors. Young Bill died in a car accident. My mom said that the day of his funeral was the saddest day in her life. It is an unusual name. You would not know if they were from England, Ireland or Germany.
Steven Godfrey (Speight on mothers side)
Looking at the old variations of spelling on the surname it brings to mind the scandinavian word for spear - 'spjot' (the j is silent). Bearing in mind that the coat of arms has 3 spear-heads on the field and the crest is a gloved hand holding a spear-head and also taking into account the association with the woodpecker, whose beak is very spear-like, I think the surname is more likely to denote an Anglo-Saxon/Scandinavian warrior tradition. The coat of arms is a very military affair with a motto that speaks of strength and bravery - in a warrior society like old England such a motto would not have been granted along with a militaristic coat of arms to weavers. I live in South Yorkshire which has the country's highest population of Speights according to http://surname.sofeminine.co.uk/w/surnames/surname-speight.html. I understand why you would go down that train of thought but it is a very parochial view. There ar also high concentrations of Speighhts in parts of scotland - not famed for weaving.
Peter Foster Speight
In the poll tax records of 1379 , families of Speghts are shown as living at Gomersal in Yorkshire, and we are still in that vicinity! As this was, in past times a centre of cloth manufacture, I tended to think that possibly we were immigrant Flemish weavers?