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140k
in the U.S.
in 2010

Spencer

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How popular is the baby name Spencer in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 35 0 35
1881 26 0 26
1882 33 0 33
1883 28 0 28
1884 32 0 32
1885 23 0 23
1886 29 0 29
1887 41 0 41
1888 38 0 38
1889 28 0 28
1890 30 0 30
1891 33 0 33
1892 33 0 33
1893 21 0 21
1894 27 0 27
1895 35 0 35
1896 28 0 28
1897 23 0 23
1898 40 0 40
1899 39 0 39
1900 44 0 44
1901 30 0 30
1902 32 0 32
1903 28 0 28
1904 44 0 44
1905 38 0 38
1906 29 0 29
1907 41 0 41
1908 61 0 61
1909 49 0 49
1910 54 0 54
1911 70 0 70
1912 105 0 105
1913 124 0 124
1914 124 0 124
1915 153 0 153
1916 169 0 169
1917 204 0 204
1918 210 0 210
1919 160 0 160
1920 229 0 229
1921 195 0 195
1922 203 6 197
1923 199 0 199
1924 188 0 188
1925 177 0 177
1926 176 0 176
1927 180 0 180
1928 168 0 168
1929 158 0 158
1930 152 0 152
1931 147 6 141
1932 151 0 151
1933 155 0 155
1934 185 0 185
1935 163 0 163
1936 193 0 193
1937 180 0 180
1938 205 0 205
1939 261 0 261
1940 259 0 259
1941 290 0 290
1942 314 0 314
1943 351 0 351
1944 283 0 283
1945 266 0 266
1946 303 0 303
1947 337 0 337
1948 314 0 314
1949 319 0 319
1950 327 5 322
1951 394 0 394
1952 340 0 340
1953 294 0 294
1954 293 0 293
1955 326 0 326
1956 313 6 307
1957 274 0 274
1958 285 0 285
1959 319 0 319
1960 363 5 358
1961 397 0 397
1962 380 0 380
1963 416 5 411
1964 425 0 425
1965 455 0 455
1966 368 0 368
1967 377 0 377
1968 547 7 540
1969 709 0 709
1970 728 8 720
1971 623 0 623
1972 621 0 621
1973 598 6 592
1974 570 7 563
1975 702 6 696
1976 776 6 770
1977 732 0 732
1978 752 14 738
1979 862 12 850
1980 737 17 720
1981 835 11 824
1982 944 18 926
1983 962 20 942
1984 946 10 936
1985 1,131 16 1,115
1986 1,671 28 1,643
1987 2,302 54 2,248
1988 2,761 68 2,693
1989 3,229 103 3,126
1990 3,555 137 3,418
1991 3,692 131 3,561
1992 3,824 131 3,693 #99 boy name
1993 4,026 143 3,883 #96 boy name
1994 3,950 139 3,811 #98 boy name
1995 3,741 123 3,618
1996 3,723 114 3,609
1997 3,881 115 3,766
1998 4,780 161 4,619 #84 boy name
1999 4,307 115 4,192 #92 boy name
2000 4,142 99 4,043 #98 boy name
2001 3,813 84 3,729
2002 3,538 90 3,448
2003 2,960 54 2,906
2004 2,730 69 2,661
2005 2,352 38 2,314
2006 2,228 43 2,185
2007 2,411 46 2,365
2008 2,140 52 2,088
2009 1,729 37 1,692
2010 1,609 57 1,552
2011 1,680 99 1,581
2012 1,677 145 1,532
2013 1,634 179 1,455
2014 1,714 203 1,511
2015 1,664 237 1,427

Fun Facts about the name Spencer

  • How many people with the first name Spencer have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 116,676 babies born with the first name Spencer in the United States. That's more than enough people named Spencer to occupy the country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with an estimated population of 109,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Spencer? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 35 new born babies.
  • When was Spencer first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Spencer is Friday, September 4th, 1868.
  • What year had the most people named Spencer born? The highest recorded use of the first name Spencer was in 1998 with a total of 4,619 babies. That's a lot of babies named Spencer!
  • Random Spencer Factoid: According to the 1998 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Spencer ranks 76th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Minnesota. Imagine that, 104 babies in Minnesota have the same name as you in 1998.
  • Weird things about the name Spencer: Your name in reverse order is Recneps. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eerncps. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Spencer? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 139,951 people with the last name Spencer.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Spencer? Spencer was ranked as the 199th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!
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Popularity of Spencer as a first name

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Popularity of Spencer as a last name

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Common last names for Spencer

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Thomas
  • Miller
  • Taylor
  • Hall
  • Hill
  • Harris
  • Robinson
  • Jackson
  • Anderson
  • Walker

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Spencer U.S.
  White 69.41% 64.26%
  African American 23.22% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.76% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.47% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.48% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.67% 16.26%

Of Last Name Spencer

People with the last name Spencer are most frequently White or African American

Entire United States

Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Spencer" mean? The list below shows the origins of Spencer as well as things modernly associated with the name Spencer such as celebrities named Spencer.

English

Origin and Meaning of Spencer

The name "Spencer" is of English origin, and it means "Butler, steward". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Spen"cer
One who has the care of the spence, or buttery.

Etymology: OF. despensier. See Spence, and cf. Dispenser

noun Spen"cer
A short jacket worn by men and by women.

Etymology: From the third Earl Spencer, who first wore it, or brought it into fashion

noun Spen"cer
A fore-and-aft sail, abaft the foremast or the mainmast, hoisted upon a small supplementary mast and set with a gaff and no boom; a trysail carried at the foremast or mainmast; -- named after its inventor, Knight Spencer, of England [1802].
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. English philosopher and sociologist who applied the theory of natural selection to human societies (1820-1903)

An occupational surname from someone who worked in a spence (larder of medieval monastery), a steward or butler.

  1. A surname​.
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname, in general use since the nineteenth century.
  3. A female given name
  4. A city in Idaho.
  5. A town and county seat in Indiana.
  6. A city and county seat in Iowa.
  7. A town in Massachusetts.
  8. A village in Nebraska.
  9. A town and village in New York.
  10. A town in North Carolina.
  11. A village in Ohio.
  12. A city in Oklahoma.
  13. A city in South Dakota.
  14. A town and county seat in Tennessee.
  15. A city and county seat in West Virginia.
  16. A town and village in Wisconsin.

Notable Persons With the Name Spencer

Spencer Tracy

Spencer Tracy was an actor. He was most prominent from 1922 to 1967. Spencer was given the name Spencer Bonaventure Tracy on April 5th, 1900 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S. He breathed his last breath on June 10th, 1967.

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Spencer Grammer

Spencer Grammer is an actress and actor. She has had major accomplishments since 1992. Spencer was given the name Spencer Karen Grammer by her parent Kelsey Grammer on October 9th, 1983 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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Spencer Pratt

Spencer Pratt is a television personality and celebrity. He was most prominent from 2005 to 2015. Spencer was given the name Spencer William Pratt on August 14th, 1983 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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Spencer Wilding

Spencer Wilding is an influential somebody. Spencer was given the name Spencer Lee Wilding on July 26th, 1972 in St Asaph, Wales.

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Spencer Treat Clark

Spencer Treat Clark is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1995 to present. Spencer was born on September 24th, 1987 in New York City, New York, U.S.

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Spencer Locke

Spencer Locke is an actress. She has been prominent since 2000. Spencer was born on September 20th, 1991 in Winter Park, Florida, U.S.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Spencer

Abigail Spencer

Abigail Spencer is an actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1999. Abigail was born on August 4th, 1981 in Gulf Breeze, Florida.

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Richard Bertrand Spencer

Richard Bertrand Spencer is an author, publisher, and activist. Richard was born on May 11th, 1978 in Boston.

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Octavia Spencer

Octavia Spencer is an actress. She has been prominent since 1996. Octavia was given the name Octavia Lenora Spencer on May 25th, 1970 in Montgomery, Alabama, U.S. Octavia is also known as Octavia L. Spencer.

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Bud Spencer

Bud Spencer is an actor and filmmaker. His ongoing career started in 1951. Bud was given the name Carlo Pedersoli on October 31st, 1929 in Naples, Italy. Bud is also known as Bud Spencer, Pedersoli, and Carlo.

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Jesse Spencer

Jesse Spencer is an actor and musician. His ongoing career started in 1991. Jesse was given the name Jesse Gordon Spencer on February 12th, 1979 in Melbourne.

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Laura Spencer

Laura Spencer is an actress and producer. She has been prominent since 2009. Laura was born on May 8th, 1986 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States. Laura is also known as Laura Spencer.

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  • Herbert Spencer
    (philosopher)
  • Brenda Spencer
    (notable person)
  • Lara Spencer
    (television journalist)
  • Jeremy Spencer
    (musician)
  • Danielle Spencer
    (singer)
  • Robert Spencer
    (author)
  • Sir Stanley Spencer
    (artist)
  • Phil Spencer
    (tv presenter)
  • Clayton Spencer
    (academia)
  • Nick Spencer
    (influential human)
  • Tyler Spencer
    (singing)
  • Jr. Earl Winfield Spencer
    (military person)
  • The Earl Spencer
    (office holder)
  • Roy W. Spencer
    (scientist)

What does the name Spencer mean?

Sis for serene, your calm time.

Pis for proud, you can hold your head up!

Eis for enthusiasm, in even the most dire circumstances

Nis for nurturing, the care you provide to all

Cis for creative, ideas aplenty

Eis for extra, those little things you do!

Ris for relax, you know how!

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