Spence Family History

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Spence Name Meaning

English and Scottish: metonymic occupational name for a servant employed in the pantry of a great house or monastery, from Middle English spense ‘larder’, ‘storeroom’ (a reduced form of Old French despense, from a Late Latin derivative of dispendere, past participle dispensus, ‘to weigh out or dispense’).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Spencer, Speake, Bence, Sconce, Spruce, Dence, Speck, Ponce, Pesce

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Spence Family Origin

Where is the Spence family from?

Spence Family Occupations

What did your Spence ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Spence family was Agricultural Labourer. The most common Spence occupation in the UK was Farmer. 6% of Spence's were Farmers. Farmer, Coal Miner and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Spence.

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  • Farmer

  • Coal Miner

  • Labourer

  • Agricultural Labourer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Spence ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Spence Historical Records

What Spence family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 323,000 census records available for the last name Spence. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Spence census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 47,000 immigration records available for the last name Spence. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 42,000 military records available for the last name Spence. For the veterans among your Spence ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Spence Life Expectancy

What is the average Spence lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Spence life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Spence in 1940 was 35, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Spence

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Spence ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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