Meaning and Origin of: Espy

Family name origins & meanings

  • Scottish : shortened form of Gillespie.
  • French : southeastern topographic name for someone living near a prominent thorn bush or in an area characterized by such vegetation, from Old French espine (Latin spina). Occasionally the name may derive from the same word used in a transferred sense of the crest or ridge of a hill.
  • Variant spelling of German Espey.