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Boy Name: Spencer

Name: Spencer
Pronunciation: \s-pen-cer, sp(e)-ncer\
Gender / Sex: boy name boy (Spencer's also a girl name)
Meaning: dispenser of provisions
Origin: English
Variant forms: Spence, Spenser
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 384
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 163


Spencer \s-pen-cer, sp(e)-ncer\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's 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 variant forms: Spence and Spenser.

View a list of the 2 names that reference Spencer.


Spencer is a very popular first name for men (#384 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for both men and women (#163 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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