Spencer Family History

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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

Similar surnames: Spence, Spenner, Penner, Speller, Speiser, Spicer, Stenner, Pender

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Spencer Family Origin

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Spencer Family Occupations

What did your Spencer ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Spencer. A less common occupation for the Spencer family was Farm Laborer. The most common Spencer occupation in the USA was Farmer. 39% of Spencer's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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

Spencer Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 1 million census records available for the last name Spencer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Spencer 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 93,000 immigration records available for the last name Spencer. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 157,000 military records available for the last name Spencer. For the veterans among your Spencer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Spencer Life Expectancy

What is the average Spencer lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Spencer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Spencer in 1940 was 41, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Spencer

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Spencer 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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