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This very interesting name is of early medieval Anglo-Scottish origins. Introduced by the Norman French after the Invasion of England in 1066, it was a metonymic occupational surname for someone who was originally in charge of the pantry of a great house or monastery. The term derives from the pre 10th century Old French word "despense", from the Latin "dispendere", meaning to weigh out or dispense. In Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales", the glutton in the Sumner's Tale is described as being "all vinolent as botel in the spense". The modern surname can be found as Spence, Spencer, and the Scottish form Spens, Spenser and Despenser...

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2x great grandson of William Spence and wife Rebecca McAtee from Antrim County arrived in NY City in 1853 with brothers James and Samuel. Settled in northern New Jersey and then to NW Pennsylvania about 1865. Ancestry traced from Yorkshire and settled in Brownlow's Derry near Lurgan about 1600/1610. Most of family still in PA and NY state but descendants have spread out to 17 states.

Susan Spence

William Spence (1800-1869) and Janet Cooper are my 3x great grandparents born Ireland and died scotland. Williams parents were John Spence and Mary. Any info would be greatly appreciated as I would love to know where in Ireland there origins

Frank Fox

I wouldn’t be surprised if there was there was also a female Spence who was close to Robert the Bruce. The Spence are a Sept of the Clan Mac Duff which is the kilt i wear.

Frank Fox

Hi everyone My sir name is Fox my mother was a Spence born in Glasgow, her mother and farther came from Ireland i think Dublin. They were of mixed marriage ie catholic and Protestant . Love to hear from someone else where in the world.

Andrew Terence Spence

I heard there was a Spence involved in the Irish rebellion 1916.


I would love to know our family history of Ireland and the orginality of the family where we came from and how we ended up in America.


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