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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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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.

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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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