Boy Baby Name

Spencer

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Quick Facts on Spencer

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, French
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 251
Pronunciation:
SPEHN-ser
Simple meaning:
To weigh, dispenser

Characteristics of Spencer

  • Authoritative
  • Powerful
  • Tough
  • Tenacious
  • Wealthy
  • Problem-solver
  • Achiever

Etymology & Historical Origin - Spencer

The name Spencer is the transferred use of an English surname with French origins. This surname is derived from an occupation name originally described as a “despencier” (‘to weigh’) which signified a man in charge of purchasing and distributing all food and provisions within a royal or noble household or a monastery. This was a position of great importance, and usually only lesser in status to the Steward (one who controlled all domestic affairs within a household). The other two critical household employees were the Marshal (who handled the horses) and the Butler (who administered the household staff). The most prominent of modern-day Spencers was Lady Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales. Her family claimed descent from the “despencier” to William the Conqueror, in 1066. As a male given name, it seems that Spencer has been around since at least the 19th century. Adding currency to the name was Spencer Tracy, a prominent mid-century film star.

Popularity of the Name Spencer

The name Spencer has been around in America since the U.S. government began tracking naming trends in 1880. The name has consistently achieved pretty moderate success, but its peak popularity came in the 1990s when it managed to slip onto the Top 100 list for a few years. Since the turn of the 21st century, Spencer has been showing backwards momentum on the charts. The name is no longer a Top 200 favorite. Spencer is a name with an English flavor which gives it that erudite sensibility. Plus, it’s just plain cute for a little boy. The name is simple, yet energetic. The short version, Spence, is too-cool-for-school. We hope to see more parents “dispense” this name upon their little boys in future years.
Popularity of the Boy Name Spencer
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Spencer

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Spencer

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Spencer

    Spencer We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Spencer.

  • Popular Songs on Spencer

    Popular Songs on Spencer

    Spencer - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Spencer.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Spencer

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Spencer

    Spencer Hurley and the Aliens Book One: The Abduction (Terry Locke) - So, what does an Adventure Scout do when he finds himself lost in a treacherous forest, abducted by gruesome aliens, imprisoned on their galactic pirate vessel and forced to do their dirty work of pillaging the universe? The average thirteen-year-old would probably pee his pants and cry for mommy. But Spencer Hurley s no average kid; he’s the son of a deceased war hero and local legend, Duke Hurley. A chip off the ole block, Spencer possesses the same bravery and fighting spirit as his dad, and is now poised to become an intergalactic hero! Spencer Hurley and the Aliens is an interstellar rollercoaster ride with Spencer and his two companions: a nagging, cynical sister, Meagan Hurley; and his best friend, and universal coward, Ryan Cole. The pages are chock-full of creepy aliens and strange planets, along with plenty of hairy situations that Spencer and crew must navigate--and navigate well--if they re to have any hope of ever making it back to Earth. Oh, but wait, there s a twisted wrench thrown in this tale that may change Spencer s mind about wanting to come back! Recommended for ages 9-12.

    The Great Toilet Paper Caper: Spencer's Adventures (Gary Hogg) - Hoping to break the record for the world's largest toilet-paper roll, Spencer enlists the help of his enthusiastic classmates, and soon his entire town is rolling in all the fun. Original. Also in the series of Spencer’s Adventures are the books Don't Bake That Snake and Stop That Eyeball! Recommended for ages 7-10.

  • Famous People Named Spencer

    Famous People Named Spencer

    Famous People Named Spencer - Spencer Tracy (actor); Spencer Perceval (former Prime Minister of the UK); Spencer Abraham (politician); Spencer Ackerman (journalist); Spencer Fullerton Baird (naturalist); Spencer Breslin (teen actor); Spencer Dryden (drummer); Spencer Folau (football player); Spencer Havner (football player); Spencer Hawes (basketball player); Spencer Haywood (basketball player); Spencer Johnson (author of Who Moved My Cheese?); Spencer Johnson (football player); Spencer Larsen (football player); Spencer Levin (golfer); Spencer Rochfort (actor); Spencer Tillman (football player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Spencer

    Children of Famous People Named Spencer

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Spencer - Cuba Gooding Jr. (actor); Cynthia McFadden (TV journalist); Gena Lee Nolin (actress/model); Jaclyn Smith (actress); Kelsey Grammer (actor); Robin Gibb (musician)

  • Historic Figures

    Spencer - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Spencer - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Spencer.

Personality of the Boy Name Spencer

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Variations of the Baby Name - Spencer

  • No Variations Found.
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