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What does Spencer mean?

Spencer /spen-cer/ 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.


Spencer has 2 variants: Spence and Spenser.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Spenley, Spenver, ..

(female) Spense, Spensher, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Displayed below is the birth name history of Spencer for boys. Spencer reached its apex rank of #84 in the U.S. in the year 1998, and is at #247 currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Spencer name in U.S.

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

Below is a charted comparison of the statistics of the boy name Spencer and related names. The only other prominent related form of Spencer (#247 via latest list) is Spenser. These forms of Spencer were favored by parents 16 years ago (average #684) and have become much less popular since (#1123, 68%), with versions such as Spencer becoming less fashionable.

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

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

Similar Names

Suggested 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.