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

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  • Labourer

    5%
  • Agricultural Labourer

    4%
  • Farmer

    4%
  • Coal Miner

    2%

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Speed family was Coal Miner. Labourer, Agricultural Labourer and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Speed. The most common Speed occupation in the UK was Labourer. 5% of Speed's were Labourers.

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Speed Life Expectancy

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Between 1950 and 2004, 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.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Speed

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