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Spencer Family History

Spencer Name Meaning
English: occupational name for someone employed in the pantry of a great house or monastery, from Middle English spense ‘larder’ + the agent suffix -er.

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

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1,473,733 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
145,642 Military Records
83,576 Immigration Records
1,024,806 Census and Voter Lists
4,632,315 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Spencer Families

  • Number of Spencer families
     727 - 1,451
     243 - 726
     1 - 242
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Spencer families
     3,034 - 6,066
     1,012 - 3,033
     1 - 1,011
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Spencer families
     67 - 132
     23 - 66
     1 - 22
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Spencer Family Origin

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Spencer Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Spencer

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Spencer Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Spencer census records

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Spencer Civil War Service Records

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