Origins Available: English
The Spenceley surname derives from the Old French word "despense," from the Latin "dispendere" meaning "to dispense;" as such, it is thought to have been an occupational
surname for the custodian of the pantry or larder of a great house or monastery.
Early Origins of the Spenceley family
The surname Spenceley was first found in Fife
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, and it is claimed by some that the family name is descended from the ancient and Royal House of the Earls of Fife
. Early records show a John Spens, who was bailie of Irvine in 1260.
Early History of the Spenceley family
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Spenceley Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Spence, Spens, Spense, Spenceley, Spencley and many more.
Early Notables of the Spenceley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Spenceley family to Ireland
Some of the Spenceley family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Spenceley family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Spenceley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Spenceley, who sailed to Barbados in 1635
- John Spenceley, aged 24, who landed in Barbados in 1635 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Contemporary Notables of the name Spenceley (post 1700)
- Alfred Spenceley (b. 1890), English Amateur Boxing Association of England lightweight champion in 1911
- George Spenceley, English photographer, mountaineer on the South Georgia Survey, 1955-56, eponym of Spenceley Glacier, Antarctica
The Spenceley Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Patior ut potior
Motto Translation: I endure as I enjoy