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What does Spencer mean?

Spencer Pronunciation of 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.


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VARIANTS Spence, Spenser



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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 #307 currently. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

The only other prominent related form of Spencer (#307 VIA LATEST LIST) is Spenser. These forms of Spencer were favored by parents 20 years ago (AVERAGE #684) and have become much less popular since (#1153, 75%), 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-sounding 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.