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Spens Name Meaning

Scottish: variant of Spence.

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

Similar surnames: Spiers, Soens, Sens, Spera, Speer, Penso, Skeans, Speir, Speirs

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Where is the Spens family from?

You can see how Spens families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Spens family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Spens families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 11 Spens families living in Utah. This was about 31% of all the recorded Spens's in USA. Utah had the highest population of Spens families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Spens surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Spens ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Waitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Spens. 42% of Spens men worked as a Laborer and 25% of Spens women worked as a Waitress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Spens were Farm Laborer and Laborer. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Proprietor
  • Farm Laborer

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Waitress
  • Housewife
  • Inspector
  • Laborer
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Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Spens. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Spens census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Spens. 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 Cards

There are 532 military records available for the last name Spens. For the veterans among your Spens ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Spens lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Spens life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1986. The average life expectancy for Spens in 1960 was 48, and 59 in 2004.

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