What does Spencer mean?
Spencer /spen-cer/ [2 sylls.] 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.
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)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity 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 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of the boy name Spencer and related names. The only other prominent related form of Spencer (#247 a year ago) is Spenser. These boy names reached the peak of their popularity in the year 1990 (usage of 0.605%) and have become much less popular since (usage 0.3765%, down 37.8%), with the version Spenser becoming less fashionable. Spencer (#247) is the most chic boy name in this list, with this name having a rekindling in popularity. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)