home > boy names > spencer

Spencer - Meaning of Spencer

What does Spencer mean?

Meaning of the name SpencerSpensarSpenserSpenceSpinceSpincer

[ 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).

Spensar, Spenser (English), Spince, and Spincer are variants of Spencer.

Spence (English contraction) is another variant of Spencer.

See also the related categories, life, title, noble (honorable), actor, french, and uk.

Spencer is 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 2017, its usage was 0.061% and its ranking #292, 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.

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.


Meaning of Spencer Meaning of Spence Meaning of Spensar Meaning of Spenser Meaning of Spencer Meaning of Spincer Meaning of Spince Meaning of Spenser Meaning of Spincer Meaning of Spinser
Baby Name Explorer for Spencer

Spencer Popularity Charts

Variant Popularity Chart 
for Spencer 
in 2017
Popularity Trend 
for Spencer 
from 1900 to 2017
Variant Popularity Trend 
for Spencer 
from 1900 to 2017

Unisex Comparison Chart 
for Spencer 
in 2017

Unisex Popularity Trend 
for Spencer 
from 1900 to 2017
Legend:
blue:boy name
red:girl name
italics:unisex name
bold:primary name







Copyright © 2009-2019 Baby Names Pedia. All rights reserved.