What does Spencer mean?
Spencer [spencer] as a boys' name (also used less regularly as girls' name Spencer) is pronounced SPEN-ser. It is of Middle English origin, and the meaning of Spencer is "dispenser of provisions". Occupational name. Familiar since the 1930s primarily due to actor Spencer Tracy. Actor John Spender; poet Edmund Spenser.
Associated with: occupational.
(male) Spenley, Spenver, ..
(female) Spense, Spensher, .. Middle name pairings:
Spencer Gunnar (S.G.), ..
How popular is Spencer?
Spencer is a very popular first name for men (#384 out of 1220, Top 31%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#189 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Spencer reached its apex rank of #84 in the U.S. in the year 1998, and is at #252 currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. The only other prominent related form of Spencer (#252 via latest list) is Spenser. These forms of Spencer were favored by parents 17 years ago (average #684) and have become much less popular since (#1126, ▼70%), with versions such as Spencer becoming less fashionable.
Similar NamesSuggested similar names are Denver▲, Ebenzer, Guenter, Kenner, Mercer, Renier, Sander, Saunder, Seager, Seeger, Seger, Sender, Senior, Sennet, Shefer, Skinner, Spear, Speare, Speed, Speer, Speero, Speers, Spider, Springer, Spyder, Stensen, Stoner, Sumner and Swensen. These names tend to be less frequently used than Spencer.