When John E Speed was born on 29 April 1859, in Rabun, Georgia, United States, his father, William Calvin Speed, was 22 and his mother, Polly Mary Kell, was 24. He married Charlotte E Talley on 7 September 1879, in Clayton, Rabun, Georgia, United States. They were the parents of at least 8 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in District 436, Rabun, Georgia, United States in 1900 and District 452, Rabun, Georgia, United States for about 20 years. He died on 12 November 1933, in Rabun, Georgia, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Clayton, Rabun, Georgia, United States.
English: nickname from Middle English sped ‘success, prosperity, wealth, smooth progress’ (hence the modern meaning ‘swiftness’); also ‘speed, quickness’ (Old English sped), used either for a fortunate, wealthy, or successful person, or for a swift runner.
Irish (Mayo): when not the English name, adopted for Gaelic Ó Fuada, from fuad ‘haste’ (see Foody ).
Americanized form (translation into English) of German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) Schnell .