Meaning and name origin
Spencer \s-pen-cer, sp(e)-ncer\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's 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.
Spencer is a very popular first name for males (#384 out of 1220, Top 31%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#163 out of 88799, Top 0%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Spencer for boys (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Spencer and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Spencer (#247) and Spenser. (2014 statistics).