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Coat of Arms for the Name SPENCER


The Crest Above has not yet been authenticated directly to the Spencer Name by any officials.  At this time it is in the process of being verified.  If there is anyone out there who may recognize this coat of arms as belonging to the Spencer Family from Britain. I would very much like to here from you Contact me at verna.washington@usa.net

HISTORIOGRAPHY
The SPENCER Coat of Arms illustrated above was drawn by the artist from information officially recorded in ancient

heraldic archives.  Documentation for the Spencer Coat of Arms design can be found in Burke's General Armory.

Heraldric artists of old developed their own language to describe and Individual Coat of Arms.  In their language,

the Arms (shield) is as follows:

"Quarterly, ar. and gu.  in the 2nd and 3rd quarters a fret

or, on a bend sa.  three escallops for the first."

Above the shield and helmet in the crest which is described as:

"Out of a ducal cornet or, a griffin's head between, two wings expanded ar.  collared gu."

When translated the blazon also describes the original colors of the Spencer Arms and crest as it appeared years ago.

Family mottos are believed to have originated as battle cries in medieval times.

A motto was recorded with this Spencer Coat of Arms:

"DIEU DEFEND LE DROIT"
Individual surnames originated for the purpose of more specific identification.  The four primary sources for the second names were:

occupation, location, father's name, or personal characteristics.  The surname Spencer appears to be both occupational and location in origin, and is to believed to be associated with the English and Scott's, meaning, "one who dispensed or had charge of, the provisions
in a household", and "dweller at, or near a place where provisions were stored."  Different spellings of the same original surname ar a common occurrence.  Dictionaries of surnames indicate probable spelling variations or Spencer to be Spence, Spences, Spenser, Spensers, Spen, Spens, and Spencers.  Although bearers of the old and distinguished Spencer name comprise a small fraction of the population there are a number who have established for it a significant place in history.  They include SIR JOHN SPENCER (d. 1610)

Levant merchant who, in 1581, was visited by Queen Elizabeth at Canonbury, London; was elected Mayor of Crosby Place, and , shortly thereafter was appointed Lord Mayor of London.  William Spencer (Spence) (1783-1860) Entomologist who collaborated with William Kirby in the celebrated "Introduction  to Entomology", between 1815 and 1826; in 1847 he elected President of the Entomological Society which he helped to found in 1833; and, throughout his lifetime wrote notable economic treatises.

JAMES SPENCER (Spence) (1812-1882) Surgeon who studied in Edinburgh where, between 1834 and 1882, he was a Professor of Anatomy and Surgery; was considered on the the "greats" in the operating methods of the "Old School."

No genealogical representation is intended or implied by this report and it does not represent individual linage or my family tree.

Resource;
SOVEREIGN

563 Boundary Road

Cornwall, Ontario

K6H 6B4


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