[ 2 syll. (s)pen-cer, sp-enc-er ] The baby boy name Spencer is sometimes used as a girl name. It is pronounced as SPEHNS-er †. Spencer is largely used in the English language and its origin is Old French. The name's meaning is steward, dispenser of supplies. The first name is derived from the English surname, itself from the job title of a steward who 'dispenses' food supplies in a manor household; the surname is ultimately derived from the Old French 'despensier'. The family name was borne by a noble English family whose members include Diana, Princess of Wales, who was born Diana Frances Spencer; the former UK president Winston Churchill was also from the Spencer family although he used the surname Churchill in public life. The first name was adopted in the 19th century, and it was later popularized by the famous US actor Spencer Tracy (1900-1967).
Spence (English contraction) is another variant of Spencer.
Spencer is fairly popular as a baby name for boys. The name's popularity jumped from the 1950s up to the 1990s. Its usage peaked modestly in 1998 with 0.228% of baby boys being given the name Spencer. It ranked at #84 then. The baby name has since declined in popularity. In 2018, its usage was 0.057% and its ranking #307, but it was nonetheless the most frequently used among all boy names in its group. Spencer has mostly been a baby boy name in the past century. In 2017, the name Spencer was given to 4 times as many baby boys than girls.
Baby names that sound like Spencer include Spenser (English), Spensar, and Spincer.
† Pronunciation for Spencer: S as in "see (S.IY)" ; P as in "pea (P.IY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; ER as in "hurt (HH.ER.T)"
A famous person named Spencer is Actor, Spencer Tracy, born Spencer Bonaventure Tracy, 5 April 1900 - 10 June 1967, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.