Spencer

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since 1880
Last Name
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Spencer

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

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].
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  1. English philosopher and sociologist who applied the theory of natural selection to human societies (1820-1903)
Wiktionary

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 Named Spencer

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

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

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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 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 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 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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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 260 0 260
1941 290 0 290
1942 313 0 313
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 395 0 395
1952 340 0 340
1953 294 0 294
1954 292 0 292
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 622 0 622
1972 621 0 621
1973 598 6 592
1974 570 7 563
1975 702 6 696
1976 777 6 771
1977 732 0 732
1978 752 14 738
1979 862 12 850
1980 738 17 721
1981 835 11 824
1982 944 18 926
1983 962 20 942
1984 945 10 935
1985 1,131 16 1,115
1986 1,672 28 1,644
1987 2,303 54 2,249
1988 2,761 68 2,693
1989 3,230 103 3,127
1990 3,556 137 3,419
1991 3,692 131 3,561
1992 3,826 131 3,695 #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 3,814 84 3,730
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 2,141 52 2,089
2009 1,729 37 1,692
2010 1,610 57 1,553
2011 1,680 99 1,581
2012 1,677 145 1,532
2013 1,635 179 1,456
2014 1,717 203 1,514
2015 1,667 238 1,429
2016 1,601 244 1,357

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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

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Fun Facts about the name Spencer

  • How Popular is the name Spencer? Spencer is the 573rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Spencer was the 199th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Spencer have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 118,293 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 1992 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Spencer ranks 81st in popularity as a baby boy's name in Idaho. Imagine that, 25 babies in Idaho have the same name as you in 1992.
  • 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 Enpcesr. 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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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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