When Thomas Speed was born on 8 October 1870, in Port Lincoln, South Australia, Australia, his father, John Speed, was 37 and his mother, Julia Kennedy, was 35. He married Maude Ethel Heyward on 31 May 1905, in Port Lincoln, South Australia, Australia. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 3 daughters. He died on 25 June 1944, at the age of 73, and was buried in Happy Valley Cemetery, Happy Valley, South Australia, Australia.
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 .