Origin of spencerafter the 2d Earl Spencer (1758-1834)
Origin of spencerfrom person; personal (grammar) name: see Spencer
Origin of Spencerfrom the surname Spencer from Middle English spenser, butler, steward from Old French despencier from despense, larder, buttery from Medieval Latin dispensa: see spence
Origin of spencerPerhaps from the name Spencer
- A short double-breasted overcoat worn by men in the early 1800s.
- A close-fitting, waist-length jacket worn by women.
Origin of spencerAfter George John Spencer , Second Earl Spencer (1758-1834)
From the family name Spencer. The jacket is probably named after George Spencer, 2nd Earl Spencer (1758-1834).
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
Old French despensier. See spence (“buttery").
- A surname.
- A male given name transferred from the surname, in general use since the nineteenth century.