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Origins Available: English, Scottish


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.

Spenceley Early Origins



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.

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Spenceley Spelling Variations


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Spenceley Spelling Variations



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

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Spenceley Early History


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Spenceley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spenceley research. Another 298 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1320, 1358, 1365, 1385, 1390, 1426, 1428, and 1628 are included under the topic Early Spenceley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Spenceley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Spenceley Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Spenceley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Spenceley In Ireland


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Spenceley In Ireland



Some of the Spenceley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 215 words (15 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:

Spenceley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Spenceley, who sailed to Barbados in 1635
  • John Spenceley, aged 24, landed in Barbados in 1635

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Contemporary Notables of the name Spenceley (post 1700)


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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

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Motto


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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


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    2. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    4. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    8. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
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    The Spenceley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Spenceley 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.

    This page was last modified on 16 March 2010 at 08:09.

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