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Spencer

Spencer comes from an English surname, an occupational name for someone who was in charge of dispensing provisions in a rich or a royal household, so essentially meaning “butler” or “steward”. The name comes from Middle English spence meaning “larder” from Old French despense (to dispense, to distribute) from Latin dispendere (to spend) from the Latin prefix dis- (apart, two, asunder) from Proto-Indo-European *dwís (twice, doubly; in two) and pēnsāre (weigh; pay for, purchase) which also derives from Proto-Indo-European *(s)pend (to pull; to spin, to stretch).

Nicknames: Spence

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

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Variants:

  • Spenser (English)

 

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