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The Spence surname derives from the Old French word "despense," from the Latin "dispendere" meaning "to dispense;" as such, it is thought to have been an metonymic occupational surname for someone in charge of the pantry of a great house or monastery. The Middle English word "spense" means "larder" or "storeroom."

Spence Early Origins



The surname Spence was first found in Yorkshire, where Simon del Spens (or de la Despense) was on record in 1300, in the Charters of Guisburn Priory, Yorkshire. Other early records include Amice ate Spense, listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Essex of 1327; and William atte Spence listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Worcester in that same year.

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Spence Spelling Variations


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Spence Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Spence, Spens, Spense, Spenceley, Spencley and many more.

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Spence Early History


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Spence Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spence research. Another 359 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1320, 1358, 1365, 1385, 1390, 1426, and 1428 are included under the topic Early Spence History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Spence Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Spence Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 25 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Spence Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Spence In Ireland


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Spence In Ireland



Some of the Spence family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 131 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Spence Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Mrs. Spence, who was on record in Virginia in 1623
  • William Spence, his wife, and their child, were listed as living at Jame's Island, Virginia as per the Governor's lists of inhabitants of the colony compiled on February 16th 1623
  • Sara Spence, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Sarah Spence, who arrived in Jamestown, Va in 1624
  • Francis Spence, who was in Virginia in 1635
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Spence Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Ringin Spence, who landed in Virginia in 1715
  • Rachel Spence, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1738-1739
  • Thomas Spence, who landed in New Jersey in 1760
  • Catherine Spence, who arrived in Virginia in 1760
  • John Russell Spence, who arrived in New England in 1768
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Spence Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Barbara Spence, aged 24, landed in New York, NY in 1803
  • Patrick Spence, who landed in South Carolina in 1808
  • Charles Spence, who arrived in New York in 1815
  • Joseph Spence, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1818
  • James Spence, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1830
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Spence Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. James Spence U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 he became a Freeman in 1785 was a Carpenter [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Robert Spence U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. William Spence U.E. (b. 1747) who settled in Hampton, Kings County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he died in 1821 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Spence Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Peter Spence, aged 20, landed in Canada in 1811
  • Richard Spence, who settled in Trinity, Newfoundland in 1821 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Daniel Spence, who was on record in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, in 1822 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Thomas Spence, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1833
  • Thomas Spence, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Spence Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Catherine Helen Spence, aged 14, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Palmyra" in 1839 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PALMYRA 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Palmyra.htm
  • David Spence a lawyer, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Palmyra" in 1839 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PALMYRA 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Palmyra.htm
  • Helen Brodie Spence arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Palmyra" in 1839 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PALMYRA 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Palmyra.htm
  • Jessie Spence arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Palmyra" in 1839 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PALMYRA 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Palmyra.htm
  • John Brodie Spence arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Palmyra" in 1839 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PALMYRA 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Palmyra.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Spence Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Dr Spence landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842
  • Alexander Spence, aged 20, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842
  • William Spence, aged 36, a surgeon, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Fifeshire" in 1842
  • George Spence arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Morning Star" in 1861
  • Charles J. Spence arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1861
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Spence (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Spence (post 1700)



  • Samuel Lloyd Spence (1927-2016), American soundtrack composer, best known for his work with NFL Films
  • Edward E. Spence, American politician, Mayor of Beverly Hills, California, 1937
  • E. L. Spence, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1952
  • Donald Spence, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1960
  • David Spence, American Republican politician, Candidate for Governor of Missouri, 2012
  • Cary F. Spence, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Knoxville, Tennessee, 1911-14
  • Brent Spence (1874-1967), American Democrat politician, Member of Kentucky State Legislature; U.S. Representative from Kentucky, 1931-63
  • Betty C. Spence, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1972
  • Ben L. Spence, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1940; Candidate for U.S. Representative from North Carolina 4th District, 1946
  • A. J. Spence, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Georgia, 1896, 1908
  • ... (Another 45 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Spence Historic Events


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Spence Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Tristram F Spence (b. 1910), English Lieutenant (E) serving for the Royal Navy from Low Fell, County Durham, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Charles Spence, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Jos Spence, British Leading Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Spence


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Suggested Readings for the name Spence



  • Darnall, Spence, Steers, Spangler, Stuckley, Sill by Erma D. Stuckey.
  • The Spencer Family history by O.M. Richards.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PALMYRA 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Palmyra.htm

Other References

  1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  4. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  5. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  7. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  8. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  9. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  10. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
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The Spence Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Spence Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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