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Spedding Name Meaning

Northern English and Scottish: of uncertain origin, possibly a patronymic from the Old English byname Sped, meaning ‘success’, ‘prosperity’. Scottish and northern Irish: reduced and altered variant of McSpadden. (McSpedding is attested as an Irish name with this origin.)

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


Similar surnames: Spring, Spedden, Spalding, Skelding, Reading, Sweeting, Eddings

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Where is the Spedding family from?

You can see how Spedding families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Spedding family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Spedding families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 2 Spedding families living in Maryland. This was about 67% of all the recorded Spedding's in the USA. Maryland had the highest population of Spedding families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Spedding surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Spedding ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Clerk and Laundress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Spedding. 39% of Spedding men worked as a Clerk and 67% of Spedding women worked as a Laundress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Spedding were Assembler and Saleslady.

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

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
    39%
  • Laborer
    28%
  • Farmer
    23%
  • Assembler
    12%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Laundress
    67%
  • Saleslady
    34%
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Census Records

There are 17,000 census records available for the last name Spedding. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Spedding census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Spedding. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Spedding. For the veterans among your Spedding ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Spedding lifespan?

Between 1961 and 2004, in the United States, Spedding life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1975, and highest in 1986. The average life expectancy for Spedding in 1961 was 56, and 79 in 2004.

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