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The Spens 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."

Spens Early Origins



The surname Spens 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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Spens Spelling Variations


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Spens Spelling Variations



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

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Spens Early History


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Spens Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spens 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 Spens History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Spens Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Spens Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Spens In Ireland


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Spens In Ireland



Some of the Spens 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 or some of its variants were: a Mrs. Spence, who was on record in Virginia in 1623; John Spenceley, who sailed to Barbados in 1635; Francis Spence, who was in Virginia in 1635; Robert Spence, who came to Virginia in 1654.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Spens (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Spens (post 1700)



  • E. C. Spens, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Mayor of Alpena, Michigan, 1914
  • Sir William Spens (1882-1962), English educator, vice-chancellor of Cambridge University (1931-1933)
  • William George Michael Spens (1914-1984), British Army officer and peer, 2nd Baron Spens
  • Patrick Spens (1885-1973), British lawyer, judge, and politician, Chief Justice of India (1943-1947), created 1st Lord Spens of Blairsanquhar, Fife, in 1959

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    4. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    5. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    7. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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    The Spens Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Spens 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 11 November 2015 at 11:53.

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