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What does Spence mean?

Spence Pronunciation of Spence [spence] as a boys' name is a Middle English name, and the meaning of the name Spence is "dispenser of provisions". Spence is a version of Spencer (Middle English): occupational name.


1 related form via Spencer: Spenser.

Creative forms:
(male) Spense, ..

(female) Spensa, Spense, ..

Middle name pairings:
Spence Ismael (S.I.), ..

How popular is Spence?

Spence is a rare given name for men but a very popular last name for both adults and children (#928 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Spencer (#252 in recent rankings) and Spenser are the popular alternative forms of Spence (not ranked). These forms of Spence were favored in the year 1998 (usage of 0.25%) and are now much less common (usage 0.08%, 69.5% less), with versions like Spencer becoming less stylish. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Spencer, Spenser in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Spencer outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Chance, Darence, Ince, Lance, Launce, Lorence, Maxence, Merce, Peerce, Perce, Pierce, Ponce, Prince, Rance, Reece, Sanche, Sante, Seelye, Sender, Seneca, Sennet, Serge, Shane, Signe, Sivnie (see Sivney), Sonnie, Spear, Speare, Spears, Speed, Speer, Speero, Speers, Spero, Spike, Steele, Sten, Steno, Stensen, Sterne, Steve, Stevie, Stone, Sunnie, Sven, Svend, Swen, Swensen, Terence, Torence, Vance, Vince and Yance. These names tend to be more frequently used than Spence.